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Radiata Pine is medium density softwood.
It has a number of features that make it an ideal timber for the modern world and the foundation resource of Gunns Timber Products processing operations.
The features of Pine include
Attractive appearance that makes it ideal for use inside homes and other people frequented buildings, natural variations in grain and knot patterns are a key feature its popularity for interior use. Pine is easy to nail and has a very good nail holding ability.
|Specie Radiata Pine
Characteristics Dry and stable characteristics that gives Radiata Pine considerably increased stability, minimal shrinkage, checking
and warp in normal protected service conditions.
Resistance Resistance to fungi and insects in its seasoned state with good nail holding power and acceptance of preservative
and finishing treatment.
Workability Easy to work and dress, stain, glue, saw, plane, cut, nail, drill and screw with ordinary hand tools.
Growth rate/ Fast growing, light and strong radiata pine can be kiln dried to overcome most shrinkage and distortion problems.
Structural Products and Grading
The characteristics of Radiata Pine can vary, therefore Gunns Timber Products takes great care to ensure that all of our products are graded accurately to Australian Standards or to Gunns Timber Products high quality standards ( ISO 9001:2000 ). This allows our customers to use the most suitable product for their application.
Gunns Timber Products timber is graded initially into one of two types:
1. Appearance Products - for applications where attractive visual appeal is of importance, for example, cladding and interior feature linings.
2. Structural Products - for applications where strength, stiffness and long service life are paramount, for example, house framing and retaining walls.
Some products will be acceptable for both types eg, treated pine or exposed internal support beams.
At Gunns Timber Products two methods of grading are used:
1. Mechanical Stress Grading - This method is used for grading structural timber into specified grades. Timber is fed into a machine that measures the structural properties of the timber.
2. Visual Grading - for both types. This entails the visual inspection of timber to ensure it meets required standards for example, knot size and blemishes.