Timber Prices: Products information and grade meanings

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When it comes to product pricing, it is important that you aware of what exactly you are buying. Different timber products are graded and treated for specific purposes. Therefore, pricing can vary extensively depending on the wood type, grade and cut. 

Therefore, we are dedicating this post to ensure that you have all the knowledge so that you can make an informed decision when ordering your timber products. 

Timber Grades Explained:

Most timber have a certain grade accredited to it. This gives you an indication of what it can be used for. These grades are determined both in-house or by the SANS regulations

These standards are internationally recognized, and will be sold as a SABS Approved product in certain cases. Now lets get into the different timber grades and what they mean:

S5 Timber is referred to as structural timber and conforms to the SANS-1783:2013 specifications

These products are mainly used in the construction of roof trusses, support beams and the framework of buildings. 


UTP is a grade that is given when the timber products do not adhere to SANS 1783:2013 specifications due to knots, sizing and other variables. 

This grade is usually used for various other non-structural purposes. As well as in the roofs of informal, small buildings. 

BBB also adheres to SANS-1783:2013 specifications. It is mainly used for roof tiles, ceiling battens and structural support for roofs. 

Furthermore, we need to look at what type of wood you are buying. Is the wood rare like oak, cedar or mahogany? Or is it a more common type like pine or eucalyptus (Gum Tree)? 

Each category has it’s own pros and cons. While Softwood is perfect when you are looking for a strong yet lightweight solution like the framework for a building, eucalyptus timber products are perfect for flooring and railings. 

Therefore, it is important that you know which type of wood to look at for your building project. 

Two broad categories when it comes to "type" of wood:


Softwood has a lower density. Therefore, it can be more vulnerable to scratches, dents, and wear and tear over years.

Additionally, it is easy to work with, lightweight for framework of homes. Examples: Pine

Softwood Timber Flooring


Hardwood usually has a higher density than most softwoods.It is more durable and more resistant to scratches and dents.

Examples: Paniculate, Saligna

Hardwood Timber Flooring

Timber Treatment

The pricing of products will depend on the aforementioned properties. Another variable to take into consideration is whether or not the timber is treated. There are various methods of treatment available: 

CCA, Creosote and others which we have discussed in this post: Understanding Timber Preservation Chemicals

You can buy the timber treated or untreated depending on your needs. At Sabie Poles, we specialize in CCA Treatment. There are various treatment classes when it comes to CCA. We will briefly look at what these CCA classes mean and which treatment class you will require for your application:


CCA Classes and uses


End-Use examples:



End-Use examples: 

Laminated Beams, Roof Trusses, Structural timber . Ceiling Boards, Flooring, Paneling, Doors, Cupboards
Skirting, Window frames, Plywood

External Above Ground

End-Use Examples:
Outdoor Decking and Beams, Garden Furniture etc.

In Ground Contact

End-Use examples: 
Agricultural fencing and posts, Playground Structures, Fencing Timber. 

Wet Soils/In Fresh Water

End-Use Examples: Retaining Walls, Slipways, Culverts

In Sea Water

End-Use Examples: 

Groins, Jetties, Walkways

Is CCA Treated timber safe and still sold?

Timber Pricing:

When you are busy with a project, it is important that you keep all of the aforementioned factors in mind. These factors will play a role in the timber pricing. Additionally, it is important to know that you are buying the correct timber for you application to avoid dissapointment in the future. 

At Sabie Poles, we have various timber products available. While we specialize in CCA Treated Poles, we also sell untreated timber, structural timber, plywood and more.

For the convenience of our customers, we have created an online quoting system so that you can instantly get pricing on the products that you need. You can browse out product categories here: 


These are our broad categories, If you wish to see our whole product range,  please head to our “Build your own quote” section which will direct you to the product page. 

Note: Our online quoting system pricing is subject to change without prior notice. All quotes on the online systems are estimates and not guaranteed to be the final quoting price. All prices excludes VAT and delivery. 

Why choose Sabie Poles as your Timber Supplier?

We’ve been in the business for over 15 years which means that we have the experience and knowledge to assist clients in finding the perfect building materials for their needs. Our staff members are dedicated to outstanding customer service, while the company is focused on high quality products at a fair price. 

We deliver anywhere in Southern Africa and export to other countries. For more information on details, pricing and delivery, you can visit our FAQ post where we have provided our customers with all the answers to the most frequently asked questions. 

All of our Treated Timber Products are SABS approved. Therefore, you can be sure that you are receiving the highest quality products. Everytime. 



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