Why Pine Is The Ideal Wood For Construction Purposes

Posted on: 10 December 2020

There have been many different types of wood used throughout the years in the construction industry. When choosing your timber, it is really about figuring out which features suit your specific needs. However, in a more general sense, it is clear that pine is one of the best, if not the best, woods for construction. Pine framing is used in almost every building, and there are good reasons behind this. Here are some of the features that make pine so useful for construction and why pine framing is so widespread in Australia and the world.


While there may be other timbers that are stronger or perhaps last longer, there are very few alternatives that are as workable as pine is. Pine is simple to cut into any shape while still retaining its strength, and it receives nails and screws extremely easily without losing any structural integrity. Many other types of wood will split when you try to nail into them, but pine is perfect for the job. That is why the most heavily altered and specific pieces of framing in your home's construction will be made out of pine. Other timber simply cannot compete with its workability. 

Very Good Long-Term Resistance To Moisture

If your construction timber cannot stand up to prolonged exposure to water, then it will likely not last very long and it can even be dangerous. While most of your timber will be kept out of direct contact with rain and water, in the event that there is a leak or some other fault that allows water to get to them, you want to know that your timber will not fall apart in a couple of hours. Pine framing pretty much always comes pre-treated so that it will not erode quickly, giving you time to patch any and all problems causing the leak.

Great Insulative Properties

Pine is also very good at muffling sound and reducing the loss of temperature. In the summer, when the heat gets almost unbearable in many parts of the country, pine framing can help by naturally stopping the cooled air in your living areas from disappearing through the roof. In addition to specifically laid sheets of insulation, pine is recommended as a natural insulator. Other materials, such as metal and different variants of timber, are far less efficient at stopping the loss of heat and can lead to increased electricity bills.

Talk to a contractor to learn more about pine framing.