Specialist Timbers

MHS offers a range of speciality timbers to customers looking for particular specialist projects. The list below will help you find the right specialist timber for your solution.

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Softwood

Softwood timbers are obtained from conifers & trees with needle type leaves and cones. Softwoods are the most commonly used timber due to the good value, availability and mostly from sustainably managed forests. They are less dense and easier to work with than most hardwoods. Of the many species of softwoods around 50 are used commercially, with the most common being European Redwood and European Whitewood (pine and spruce). Most softwood used in the UK comes from Europe and Russia. Please note that the links are for specialist timber stocked by MH Southern.

DOUGLAS FIR

This is a timber of good strength and durability and is available in merchantable and clear grades. Large sections lend themselves to heavy constructional use, while smaller kiln dried, clear sections work well in both internal and external joinery applications.

SIBERIAN LARCH

Larch is a very versatile softwood, because it is slow grown it is a dense and durable product making it ideal for cladding, weatherboard and decking applications.

PITCH PINE

This is a strong and durable timber used for ship building, decorative beams and heavy constructional work, with smaller kiln dried sections being used for flooring and quality joinery works.

QUEBEC YELLOW PINE

This species is sometimes referred to as White Pine, and is native of North America. It is a very stable timber and much lighter and softer than comparative redwoods.

WESTERN RED CEDAR

A very durable timber with character which lend itself well for use in a number of external applications such as exterior cladding, greenhouse and conservatory manufacturing.

Hardwood

Hardwoods are mainly broadleaf, deciduous trees, shedding their leaves in winter, although some hardwoods are evergreen.The majority of hardwoods are deeper in colour and have a higher density than softwood, due to their cellular structure.

EKKI

Ekki continues to be popular as a specialist timber. Its appearance, durability and resistance to decay make it a popular species for a number of specialist construction uses.

GREENHEART

One of the strongest timbers commercially available today, in both large sections and long lengths. Greenheart is a very durable timber for use in a variety of constructional situations including both marine and heavy civil engineering projects.

OPEPE

A yellowish-brown hardwood grown in West Africa. Extremely strong, durable and resistant to decay. Opepe is widely used in heavy construction applications and in marine and jetty work.

We also offer full milling, treatment and strength grading facilities for all the timbers we supply. In addition our transport fleet has crane off load facilities.

More information on our softwood and hardwood can be found here.

If you require any further information on any of our specialist timbers, please contact our sales office on 0191 489 8231.