Timber Topics

Twelve months of timber sales

Each month, in conjunction with the National Merchant Buying Society (NMBS), we release a new Timber Topic for merchants detailing products and their marketing, storage and handling, new developments, and relevant standards.


You can directly download them here or read online by clicking the topics below.

Getting the Treatment Right: Understanding Use Classes and Applications


Preservative treatments for all timbers, including garden products, fall into various ‘Use Classes’, depending on their application. Make sure your staff are trained to sell the material with the correct level of treatment for the customer’s end use.


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Storing Timber: Protect your investment


Protecting your stock and storing it properly safeguards its performance and its appearance. Read our tips for keeping everything in tip-top condition so you can make the most of sales when they bounce back.


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Roofing Battens: Raising the Roof

The roofing season is in full swing. To make sure you can optimise sales, TTF advises selling only roofing battens graded to the full requirements of Annex D of standard BS5534.


These are demanded on FMB, NFRC and NHBC building sites. The batten’s colour does not matter to safety: the grading does.


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Decking: Get decked out for Easter

Early or late, Easter marks the start of the decking season. Make sure you’re well stocked to capture early sales. Timber for decking underframes must be treated to Use Class 4 for ground contact.

Composite decking is often heaver and needs more support. Maximise add-on sales of fixings, coatings & tools.


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Sheet materials: Getting under the sheets

With such a wide variety of sheet materials, it’s easy to find a product for your customer’s specific end use, but are you selling the right material for the right job? Follow our tips to better understand the material you’re selling, and gain a sure footing for enhancing sales.


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Carcassing: Holding up business

Treat carcassing with care over winter. If you must store dry-graded carcassing outside then lightly re-cover exposed packs at the end of the day for protection.


Use Class 2 treated carcassing is only for internal work; Use Class 4 treated material is for use in ground contact.


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