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Does anyone have any advice about suppliers, we don't want anything fancy just impregnated softwood. Brico seems to be half the price of the timber suppliers I've looked at so it's either great value or suspiciously cheap...

wezembeekwanderer

You get what you pay for. I have a 15 year old professionally fitted terrace where the teak wood gets Karchered twice a year, nothing else, and is still 100%.
I have some 1m x 1m Brico panels that are cracking up after four years.

May 18, 2020 05:34
anon

@ PeterA - Brico seems to be half the price of the timber suppliers.

As wezembeekwanderer notes, you get what you pay for.

Softwoods, no matter how they're treated will be an extremely poor investment if you're planning to use them outdoors. It'll degrade rapidly in a year or two.

May 18, 2020 10:39
PeterA

Yes thanks wezembeekwanderer and anon, I'm aware of the difference in quality between different woods but my question (which should have been clearer) was more:

“given that I’ve chosen to use, for example, larch - for example - is it worth paying twice the price from a timber merchant than from Brico? Does, for example, one typically use heartwood and the other alburnum, or is it just economies of scale?”

May 18, 2020 16:02
becasse

The answer is that, for use outdoors, NO price is worth paying for larch or other softwoods. You might as well just stand in the store tearing up Euro notes.

May 18, 2020 17:19
anon

@ Petera, to answer your question; If you can get the same spec wood at Brico for half the price, then there is absolutely no reason not to buy it there.

May 18, 2020 19:13