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Different Types of Timber Moulding Materials

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Different Types of Timber Moulding Materials

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Different Types of Timber Moulding Materials

There are just about as many types of timber mouldings materials as there are trees. At Intrim we use the very best timbers for our mouldings. This includes FJ Pine, MDF, Vic Ash/Tas Oak, and Meranti timber mouldings. Read on to find out which timber mouldings material is best for you.ย 

Standard Materials for a painted finish - FJ Pine & MDF

The majority of Intrim timber mouldings are offered in standard material of FJ Pine or MDF, and are finished in either pre-primed or raw finishes.

FJ Pine

Finger-Jointed Pine (FJ Pine) is a solid pine timber, meaning it is REAL timber. The length for the skirting board is created using individual pieces, which come together with the interlocking (or fingers) to create longer lengths. A zig-zag is created in the joint, which eliminates knotting in the process.ย 

Best application for FJ Pine;

  • Timber Mouldings
  • Wall panelling
  • Doors
  • Trims
  • Interiors

FSCยฎ FJ Pine

FSCยฎcertified FJ Pine is finger joint Pine that has been sustainably sourced and approved by the Forest Stewardship Council certification system. When buying Intrim timber skirting boards, architraves, handrails and mouldings in finger-jointed pine, you can be assured that the forests that we source the raw materials from run on environmental, social and economic best practices, and that you are helping be a part of the solution to keep the forests for all forever.

Best application for FSC FJ Pine.

  • Timber Mouldings
  • Wall panelling
  • Doors
  • Trims
  • Interiors

MDF

Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) is a combination of sawdust, wood shavings, small wood chips and resin, which have been compacted together to make the lengths suitable for skirting boards and other timber mouldings. Our standard MDF products is MR MDF (moisture-resistant MDF), which despite its name is not waterproof, and not recommended for bathrooms.

Best application for MDF

  • Indoor furniture
  • Walls
  • Doors

MDF is not suitable for wet areas such as bathrooms.

Standard material for a natural timber look - Vic Ash

Vic Ash is the standard timber we recommend if a natural timber finish is requested with a clear lacquered coating.

What is Vic Ash?

Victorian Ash or Vic Ash is an Australian hardwood produced from two species; Eucalyptus Regnans (Mountain Ash) and Eucalyptus delegatensis (Alpine Ash) which is sourced from Victoria. Vic Ash is light coloured, ranging from a pale blond to a light pinkish brown featuring a straight grain making it ideal for timber mouldings. Suitable for internal applications, Vic Ash is generally sold with a clear lacquered finish allowing the natural wood to be featured.

Vic Ash is best used for;

  • Timber Mouldings
  • Wall panelling
  • Timber Handrails
  • Hospital bump rails or crash rails

Is Vic Ash available in set lengths?

Yes for a surcharge. It will be supplied slightly over the length ordered and will need to be cut to length on site.

How much wastage do you allow for set lengths of Vic Ash?

We will allow for 25% wastage in your order.

Do I need to allow for wastage when ordering Vic Ash in random lengths?

Yes, we will provide the number of metres you order and do not allow for wastage in what we provide. Please ensure you have calculated the required wastage for your project.

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How many layers of clear coat are applied?

3 coats with a light sand in between each coat.

What is the minimum order quantity for clear coated/lacquered mouldings?

50mย 

Can I stain Vic Ash?

Yes, a selection of standard colours is available.

What staining colours are available?

Teak, Walnut, Maple & Black.ย 

Is Vic Ash available primed ready for painting?

As Vic Ash is a beautiful natural timber, it is not usually painted. If your project requires hardwood for durability and you wish to paint your Vic Ash moulding, yes, we can supply it pre-primed on request.

What is the smallest moulding profile I can have in Vic Ash?

20x6mm

Is Tasmania Oak the same as Vic Ash?

Vic Ash and Tasmanian Oak are often used interchangeably. The major difference is the state in which the timber is grown, although Tasmanian Oak also includes Eucalyptus Obliqua (Messmate) in the mix of hardwood species, while Vic Ash only includes Eucalyptus Regnans (Mountain Ash) and Eucalyptus delegatensis (Alpine Ash)

Can Vic Ash be used externally?

No, it is not recommended for external use.

Special Order materials & finishes

The majority of Intrim timber mouldings are offered in standard material of FJ Pine or MDF, and are finished in either pre-primed or raw finishes. Vic Ash is the standard timber we recommend if a natural timber finish is requested with a clear lacquered coating.

Other materials are available on the majority of the timber mouldings designs and sizes as a custom special order. Talk to our team about your requirements.

Meranti

What is Meranti?

Meranti is soft to firm hardwood timber. Light red meranti is a tropical rainforest species found throughout South East Asia. The timber’s heartwood ranges from pink to pinkish-brown.

Where is Meranti used?

Light red meranti is commonly used for decorative applications including mouldings. At Intrim we use it as an alternative to Vic Ash, across a range of internal decorative timber mouldings.

Can I paint Meranti?

The timber can be painted, stained, or polished but the open grain means surfaces should be filled before finishing. This species also machines well to a smooth surface and takes standard fittings and fastenings easily. It is not resistant to termites.

Polyurethane/Urethane

What is Polyurethane?

Polyurethane is a plastic material/flexible foam, which exists in various forms and is used for flexible internal mouldings such as flexing a skirting board around a curved wall or for external moulding applications where a natural timber material is not preferred. We can manufacture many of our standard profiles in this material, however, some size limitations can apply.

Where would I use Polyurethane?

  • Curved walls as it is very flexible.
  • External applications. Outdoors moisture resistant.

What is the maximum curve radius that can be achieved?

  • 500mm radius with 24mm poly
  • 400mm radius with 18mm poly

Do you need primer on Polyurethane mouldings?

Yes, a Primer undercoat is recommended on Polyurethane mouldings to ensure that the paint sticks to the surface and fewer coats are required to get full coverage. We recommend using one coat of Dulux oilbased total preparation primer sealer undercoat. Once the primer is dried completely you can apply two to three coats of Dulux weather shield maxi flex semi-gloss acrylic or gloss acrylic depending on the gloss level required.ย 

Available as a special order

H3 Treated Pine

What is H3 Treated Pine?

Treated FJ Pine is FJ Pine that has been treated with a copper fixed ACQ (Alkaline Copper Quaternary) waterborne preservatives which increases the timberโ€™s service life and durability for 30+ years. It is a safe, user-friendly, preservative that complies with Australian Standard AS1604.ย  This makes it termite-resistant as well as rot-resistant. Intrim do not offer priming on treated FJ Pine mouldings.

Where is H3 Treated Pine used?ย 

  • Best applied for external use

Available as a special order

Fire Rated MDF (FR MDF)

FR MDF stands for Fire Rated MDF (group 2). It is available on request for selected products.

What is FR MDF?

FR MDF is a panel product made from high-density wood fibres that have been combined with a fire-retardant additive and pressed into a board. It contains a fine sanded surface and screwable core, which can be painted to your preferred colour. It is a consistent material that provides excellent dimensional stability and strength, while also providing excellent sound insulation ideal for recording studios and soundproof rooms.

Where is FR MDF used?

FRMDF is an ideal choice for use in applications where fire safety specification is required, such as in VJ Panelling near fireplaces or in commercial buildings, hotels, hospitals, and schools.

Available as a special order

Which Timber Moulding Material is the best?

What do we recommend? It will always be FJ Pine. It is sustainable, impacts the environment much less and will last longer over the journey of your skirting boards. You will get greater longevity and โ€˜bang for your buckโ€™ from FJ Pine over the long term.ย 

What material is best for skirting?

FJ Pine. Natural is always the best option, and if you are looking for REAL timber, FJ Pine is the most sustainable and economical option. It is light to handle during installation and less prone to twisting and warping. We mostly use FJ Pine for our timber mouldings.

What material is best for architrave?

FJ Pine. Natural is always the best option, and if you are looking for REAL timber, FJ Pine is the most sustainable and economical option. It is light to handle during installation and less prone to twisting and warping. We mostly use FJ Pine for our timber mouldings.

Which timber moulding materials are best?

FJ Pine. Upfront finger jointed pine mouldings can be more expensive than MDF however, FJ Pine’s ease of installation, longevity and durability, will reduce your risk of early replacement and save you money in the long term.

Which material is best for wet areas?

For wet areas, we recommend timber moulding made using H3-treated pine. Treated pine comes with a coating which prevents timber from absorbing moisture. Please advise when requesting your quote that it is for a wet area so we can quote with H3-treated pine.ย 

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