Some of the hardwoods that are used in local construction include Brushbox, Blackbutt, Grey Ironbark and Australian Beech. Australian beech is native to Eastern Victoria and Tasmania and tops the list of the most popular hardwoods for construction. Maybe you know it as Myrtle Beech or Tasmanian Myrtle, but the name does not compromise the superior quality of this wood, and houses constructed using it last for years before they need repairs. Here, are some of the qualities that mean this species should top your list of materials to use in construction or timber wall frames.
One of the qualities which people worry about when picking a timber species for their construction needs is the hues and shades that will result from the construction. Myrtle Beech produces gold to pale brown hues, which are perfect for wall frames because, once installed, they get undertones of soft pink and light cream. This makes the wood perfect for the inner structures and also the finishing because the results are appealing to the eyes.
Timber frames are supposed to support the weight of the entire building and keep it from collapsing on itself. Australian Beech is perfect for this because it has a Janka hardness rating of 7.5, which makes it strong enough to create framing and supporting structures. The wood also has a density of 780 to 900 kilos per square meter. When appropriately joined and supplemented with other framing materials, it creates a very robust structure that can withstand high amounts of external pressure from storms and other sources before collapsing on itself.
When selecting building materials, you need to consider the environmental implications of their use. Australian Beech is found in plenty in the rain forests of Eastern Victoria and Tasmania. The trees are therefore easily accessible, and using them does not place a lot of pressure on the environment. Availability also means that the cost of the wood per square meter is very affordable when compared to other hardwood species.
Myrtle Beech is one of those trees that can give a very smooth finish to every construction project that it is used for. The best part is if you have bits and pieces after the initial wood frame installation, you can use it for other forms of internal joinery structures in the house such as cabinets and parts of the moulding. The important bit is to ensure you make your order from someone who provides genuine wood.