Timber: A Guide to using quality products in the right applications.

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Timber is a sustainable and versatile material. You can use it in many different applications. However, in many cases, especially where there is moisture present or the wood is used outside where it will be exposed to natural elements, you should use CCA treated timber. Some may consider to only apply a protective coating on the wood. However, it only protects the outer layer. This method is definitely not as effective as wood that has been pressure treated with CCA.

There are different hazard classed wood can be treated to. However, at Sabie Poles, we treat our timber products primarily with H3 hazard class treatment. Furthermore, we treat our poles primarily with H4 hazard class treatment.

Today, our discussion will be focused on our quality timber products. Check out our next blog where we will discuss our building and fencing poles.

H3 CCA pressure-treated Timber products

We supply various timber products namely Decking, Ceiling, Flooring, Cladding, architrave, quarter-rounds, and S5 Structural timber. All these products are SABS-approved.

They are treated with H3 CCA. This means they are suitable for exterior use above the ground (no ground contact) applications. You can read all about the different hazard classes here: Understanding Hazard Classifications of CCA Pressure Treated Timber

Examples of applications are as follows:

Timber Decking

To extent the living area of the house

Decks provide outdoor living spaces for relaxation, dining, and entertainment. Contactors use Decking mostly for outdoor applications. Generally, it should be able to handle the wear and tear caused by people walking over it and the exposure to the weathering elements. The Pine species is mostly used for this application.

For garden landscaping

Treated timber decks provide an aesthetically pleasing and functional pathway through gardens and landscapes. Parks or rural areas can also use treated timber decking to build small pedestrian bridges over streams or ravines.

Timber Ceiling / Flooring

Our timber flooring and ceiling both have a “tongue and groove” profile. The only difference is in the size. Timber ceiling is smaller and thinner than timber flooring. We generally do not need to treat the ceiling or flooring as it is used indoors.

Ceiling timber panels for insulation

Did you know that timber ceiling is known to be 400 times better than steel, and 1,770 times better than aluminium when comparing insulation properties? This what makes them an ideal material for your ceiling.

Floor of single and Double-story timber houses

We often have to help clients decide which timber is best to use for the second floor of their house. The Timber tongue and groove (32mm) is advisable for a second floor. This is because it reduces sound, effectively minimizing the transmission of footsteps, creaking, and other disturbances between the floors.. On the fist floor 22mm will work just fine.

Half-log Cladding

There are various kinds of cladding however we supply the half-log cladding only. The three-dimensional texture created by the rounded half-log profiles adds depth and visual interest to the exterior of a building. This contributes to a more dynamic appearance compared to flat-surfaced cladding.

Residential Interior walls

Half-log cladding brings a distinctive rustic charm to interiors. It also fosters a cozy ambiance often sought after in cabins, lodges, and homes aiming for a traditional feel.

While not as effective as full log walls, half-log cladding offers some thermal insulation, helping maintain indoor comfort by minimizing heat loss in colder months. Its thickness and density also contribute to sound absorption, ideal for quieter spaces and privacy. Moreover, it forges a natural connection indoors, promoting tranquility and relaxation through its connection to nature.

Residential Exterior walls

Half-log cladding for a building’s exterior offers a visually striking and timeless effect, blending seamlessly with its natural surroundings. Furthermore, serving as an extra protective layer, it safeguards against weather elements like rain, wind, and sunlight, thereby extending the building’s longevity.


Architraves are decorative trim elements that frame and surround doorways, windows, and other openings within a building. They serve both functional and aesthetic purposes, providing a transition between the wall surface and the opening while also enhancing the architectural style of a space. Architraves can also vary in design, ranging from simple and minimalistic profiles to more ornate and elaborate patterns.

Uses of Architraves:

  1. Door and Window Framing: Architraves are commonly used to frame and highlight doorways and windows, adding a polished and finished appearance to these openings.
  2. Interior Molding: Architraves are used as interior moldings to define the edges of walls and ceilings, creating a sense of definition and sophistication.
  3. Decorative Detailing: Architraves add visual interest and architectural detail to a room, helping to elevate the overall design and aesthetic appeal.
  4. Historical Restoration: In restoration projects, architraves are used to replicate and restore the original architectural style of a building, maintaining its historical integrity.
Image of an Architrave.


Quarter-rounds, also known as quarter-round moldings or shoe moldings, are small, curved trim pieces with a quarter-circle cross-section. We typically use them at the base of walls where the floor meets them or the bottom of baseboards to provide a finished and smooth transition between the two surfaces. Furthermore, Quarter-rounds help conceal gaps and imperfections along the floor edges and enhance the overall look of the room.

Uses of Quarter-Rounds:

  1. Floor Transition: Quarter-rounds are used to cover the gap between the baseboard and the flooring material (such as hardwood, laminate, or tile), creating a neat and finished appearance.
  2. Protection: Quarter-rounds offer protection to the base of the wall from potential damage caused by vacuum cleaners, foot traffic, and other activities.
  3. Concealment: They help conceal any irregularities or gaps that might exist between the flooring and the wall, giving a polished finish to the room.
  4. Enhancement: Quarter-rounds can enhance the aesthetic appeal of a room by adding a subtle decorative element that complements the overall design.
example of a timber quarter round installed.

S5 Structural Timber for construction

Structural timber refers to wood that is used as a primary load-bearing element in construction projects. It is selected and processed for its strength, durability, and suitability for supporting the weight of a building or structure. Furthermore, structural timber can be found in various forms, such as beams, columns, trusses, and joists, and it plays a crucial role in providing stability and integrity to a wide range of construction applications.

Uses of Structural Timber:

  1. Beams and Columns: Structural timber is commonly used as beams and columns to support the weight of floors, roofs, and other building components. These elements distribute the loads and provide vertical and horizontal stability to the structure.
  2. Roof Trusses: Timber trusses are used to create the framework for roofs in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. They offer strength and stability to the roof structure.
  3. Floor Joists: Structural timber is used as floor joists to support the flooring materials, creating a strong and stable foundation for upper-level floors.
  4. Bridge Construction: Timber is used in the construction of various types of bridges, including pedestrian bridges and vehicular bridges, where its strength and durability contribute to the bridge’s load-bearing capabilities.


So here’s the thing. We supply all the timber you need to build a complete timber home. Furthermore, we also supply all the hardware products you need to build your timber home. Are you based in Mozambique? We export to all SADC countries.

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