Know Your Timber

Intergrain recommends the use of recycled and sustainable timbers certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).


Kwila is a South East Asian rainforest hardwood that is also known as Kwila. It is a durable, dark reddish brown timber that is high in tannin content. Kwila may require repeat applications of Intergrain Reviva prior to coating. It is commonly used for decking, fences, flooring and panelling.

Radiata Pine

Radiata Pine, a common plantation softwood is a pale yellow wood that is suitable for interior use only - unless preservative treated (ie. Treated Pine). It is ideal for staining, particularly liming colours. Radiata Pine is used widely for furniture, wall or ceiling lining boards, plywood, particle board and general construction.


Teak is a golden brown Asian hardwood with a waxy or greasy feel. It is commonly used on furniture, veneers and ship’s decking,

Treated Pine

Treated Pine is Radiata Pine that has been pressure treated to resist decay, termites and fungi. This treatment involves saturating the timber, so it is essential to leave Treated Pine to dry properly before staining. Treated Pine is commonly found on decks, pergolas and fences.

Victorian Ash

Victorian Ash, an Australian hardwood, is not actually a species in its own right. Victorian Ash is the trade name for a blend of Mountain Ash and Alpine Ash. Another trade name for this blend is Tasmanian Oak. Colour varies from pale pink to pale yellow. Victorian Ash is commonly used for interior applications like flooring, kitchen cupboards, wall panelling and furniture.

Western Red Cedar

Western Red Cedar is a North American softwood. It is a pale to dark brown wood that is easy to work with. Red Cedar readily accepts stains and coatings. The uncoated surface will weather (go grey) more dramatically than any other external timber. To stop premature surface failure and aid coating adhesion, Western Red Cedar should be cleaned and coated upon delivery with one coat of product. Western Red Cedar is commonly found on window frames, garage doors and cladding.

Macrocarpa is a low-to medium density softwood that looks and works like Kauri. It is grown in New Zealand as an exotic tree.

Matai is a reddish-brown, moderately durable hardwood. It can be highly polished to a gloss sheen. The timber has excellent wearability and hardness.

Rimu is one of New Zealand’s most popular native timbers. It is a versatile and exceptionally beautiful timber. It was used extensively in older character homes as both a structural and finishing timber.