What Does Dressed Timber Mean?
What is Dressed Timber?
The question of what is dressed timber can be answered quite easily, especially when dressed timber is lined up next to sawn timber and dried laser pine. There is a difference between sawn and dressed timber, with dried laser pine providing a sort of middle ground. In regards to timber types, a common question we get asked is “what is dressed pine?”. In essence, It is just a form of dressed timber—so feel free to regard it as part of the same family.
If you are after the premium in timber finishes, look no further than dressed timber, meaning a timber that is dressed all around for a completely smooth finish. Dressed timber is a customisable timber, as it can be machined to exact specification, within millimetres, and generally looks the part anywhere it is used. The extensive treatment process ensures that you get a quality product that will stand the test of time.
In recent times, dressed treated pine in Melbourne has shot up in popularity. It is now being frequently requested by tradesmen, landscapers, DIY handymen, and gardeners everywhere. The increasing popularity of dressed timber in Melbourne can be attributed to its visual, economic, and weather-resistant qualities. For those of you unfamiliar with dressed timber, you might be wondering what exactly it is. In the timber world, there are three major finishes applied to timber (sawn, dressed, and dried laser pine), and today we examine the meaning of all three.
We will begin with sawn timber, as it is the least finished of all three. Before treatment, it is sawn and dried. It is not dried afterwards. This results in a timber that is quite raw and natural looking. There was a time where sawn timber was considered only useful in more discreet applications. Today however, this timber works great in many modern cafes and stores, where a more rustic and organic look is desired.
Dried laser pine sits in the middle and has a smoother finish than sawn timber, while being rougher than dressed. Its main uses lie in decking, outdoor areas, and pergolas.
Finally, dressed timber is traditionally recognised as the premium in timber finishes. It is dressed all around and completely smooth. A strength of this process is that dressed timber can be machined to exact specification, within millimeters, and fits in well in almost any environment. Due to the treatment process, dressed timber is the most costly of the three timbers.
If you would like more information on dressed timber, or any of the above, feel free to contact us today. We have been passionate about timber for over 30 years and have recently launched a new online store that features all our products.