Types of framing timber
Untreated framing pine
Untreated framing pine is timber that has not been subjected to any protective treatments. While this material is the most affordable option, upgrading to blue treated framing is a low-cost solution for providing protection against termite damage.
H2 blue treated pine
Treated with a non-hazardous active ingredient, H2 blue treated pine protects homes from termites, from the inside out.
Sourced from preferred supply partners to Dahlsens, Timberlink and Hyne Timber, that both offer a 25-year termite protection guarantee and have never recorded a failure due to termite damage.
Laminated veneer lumber (LVL)
For a timber option with exceptional strength, laminated veneer lumber (LVL) is an ideal solution. Created by bonding thin wood veneers under immense pressure and heat, LVL is a strong alternative to hardwood timber and steel, but is more cost effective. LVL is available for use as beams, internal framing timber and joists.
LVL internal framing
LVL internal framing is an ideal choice for builders looking for predictable performance. Much less likely to be affected by the weather, LVL retains its straightness once installed, meaning less time spent straightening walls. LVL framing is also protected against termites and is moisture resistant, thanks to its Weather Shield coating. Manufactured to Australian Standards, MeyWALL is equivalent to MGP 10 when used in stud and plate applications.
H3 treated timber
Ideal for external projects, H3 treated timber is a safe alternative to CCA treated timber. With termite and fungal resistant properties, this timber is strong, safe and long-lasting.
H4 eXtreme Timber
eXtreme Timber outdoor engineered wood products are ideal for external building and structural components such as posts, deck bearers, joists, pergola beams and similar outdoor applications. Preprimed, eXtreme Timber is backed by a 50 year warranty.
For those extremely low decks where standard bearers and joists just won’t cut it, turn to H4 treated eXtreme Joist. It is suitable for applications where timber will come in contact with the ground, while also offering protection against insect attack and fungal decay.
eXtreme Joist has options for all applications, whether it’s laying directly over patio, concrete balcony or a new external deck. It is also double primed for added protection against moisture ingress.
Timber vs steel
Timber has a competitive edge over steel based on a variety of factors:
- As well as being sustainable and environmentally friendly, the entire production process of timber is more energy efficient when compared to steel
- While a key benefit of steel is its immunity to termites, termite treated pine also offers a high level of termite resistance
- Timber framing can be easily modified to suit any scope changes on site. Prefabricated steel framing does not offer the same convenience
- Timber is easy to work with, and does not require specialist trades on site
Stick build vs prefabricated truss and frame
Whether your preference is to stick build a frame or use prefabricated truss and frame, Dahlsens has a solution to meet your needs.
Dahlsens saves you money on build times, labour costs and wastage by supplying prefabricated frames engineered to your exact specifications. Prefer the flexibility of stick builds? No problem. We can supply framing pine straight to site to get you started.
Framing timber sizes
Pine framing sizes
|Sizes (mm)||70x35, 90x35, 120x35, 140x35, 190x35, 70x45, 90x45, 120x45, 140x45, 190x45, 240x45|
|Lengths (mm)||2.4 to 6.0 om 300mm increments|
|Grades||F5, F7, MGP10, MGP12, MGP15|
LVL framing sizes
|Sizes (mm)||90 x 35, 90 x 45|
|Lengths (mm)||2.4m, 2.7m, 3.0m, 4.8m, 5.4m, 6.0m|
|Grades||MGP10 equivalent when used in wall frame applications only.|
Timber has a low carbon footprint and is the world’s most environmentally friendly building material. As it grows, timber naturally absorbs carbon (greenhouse gases) from the atmosphere.
Using timber as a building material locks the carbon into the timber for the life of the build. Manufacturing timber also uses significantly less fossil fuel energy than other building materials such as steel or concrete.
Pine framing, the manufacturing process
Manufacturing pine framing, timber mills use a variety of innovative technologies and processes to ensure only the best sticks of timber make it to your site.
To identify the best cutting plan for each piece of timber, laser scanners are used to 3D model each log entering the mill.
The log is repeatedly scanned between cuts to ensure it produces the maximum number of planks. With sustainability in focus, the whole log is used with any remaining wood recycled for commercial and household products.
Kiln dried & sorted
Each plank undergoes an automated sorting process based on its density. The timber is kiln dried until it has an equilibrium moisture content of approximately 11%. After drying, planks are bend tested and graded using artificial intelligence.
Framing Timber FAQs
What timber do you use for framing?
You can use either pine or LVL for framing. Not sure which way to go? The trade experts at Dahlsens can advise you on which option is best for your build.
Can I use untreated pine for framing a house?
Untreated pine can be used for framing a house, however you should consider whether your clients would benefit from the additional protection provided by termite treated pine.
What is the best wood to frame a house?
The best framing timber depends on the scale of the project and your clients preferences. Pine framing is an affordable and reliable option for most residential builds. If you prefer to work with extremely strong materials, LVL might be a better option for you.