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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. 

FJ Pine, FSC FJ Pine, and Treated 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. 

Best application for FJ Pine;

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

FSC FJ Pine

FSC-certified FJ Pine is FJ 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 this material.

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

Treated FJ Pine

Treated FJ Pine is FJ Pine that has been treated with a preservative that makes it termite resistant as well as rot resistant. Intrim provides H3 above-ground external use.  No priming is available for treated FJ Pine.

Best application for this material;

  • Best applied for external use

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MDF - Raw & Primed

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.

Best application for MDF

  • Indoor furniture
  • Walls
  • Doors

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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

What lengths are Vic Ash mouldings available in?

1.8m to 4.8m

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.

 

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?

50m 

Can I stain Vic Ash?

Yes, a selection of standard colours is available.

What staining colours are available?

Teak, Walnut, Maple & Black

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.

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.  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. Light red meranti is commonly used for decorative applications including mouldings. At Intrim we use it as an alternative to Vic Ash.

Best application for Meranti

  • Furniture
  • Cabinetry
  • Joinery
  • Timber Mouldings

 

Polyurethane/Urethane

Polyurethane is a plastic material/flexible foam, which exists in various forms and is used for external moulding applications. It can be tailored to be either rigid or flexible.

Material Flexibility

  • 24mm poly Radius 500mm
  • 18mm poly Radius 400mm

 

Best application for this material

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

 

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 ‘bang for your buck’ from FJ Pine over the long term. 

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.

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