Wood – decorative and practical

Wood – decorative and practical

Date Published

11 August 2022

Document Type




An overview of the considerations you should take into account when selecting and specifying a timber species for use in the UK. It includes colour photographs of a core selection of 50 timbers which are generally available or are commonly used in the UK, along with information on their suitability for typical uses.

Key Information

Timbers are usually divided into two types, which are distinguished botanically: softwoods and hardwoods.

For structural timber, ensure that the correct strength grade is selected.

Durability classifications for timber relate to the resistance to fungal decay of the heartwood.