Turpentine Timber Flooring Sydney
Turpentine is a tall, straight tree that grows along the eastern coast of Australia between Batemans Bay and Cooktown. Its durability and versatility make this species popular for many uses, including marine piling, mining timbers, house construction, boat building, railway sleepers, and outdoor decking.
Turpentine heartwood ranges from pale to deep red or red-brown in colour. The sapwood is much lighter and has creamier tones. The timber is generally fine textured with even grains that often interlock.
These distinctive features mean that care needs to be taken during seasoning Turpentine because the timber may collapse or distort. The growth rings are not easily distinguished and it is free from gum veins. This hardy species is highly resistant to termites, marine borers and decay. The sapwood is not susceptible to lyctine borers.
Due to its high silica content, Turpentine is very hard, with a Janka rating of 12. Turpentine is often selected by consumers for its warm colour and high durability rating (Class 1, above ground) and is often a favourite for parquetry flooring. This species is also a popular pick in domestic and commercial projects because of its high resistance to fire damage and because it will happily accept all paints, stains and polishes. Turpentine’s botanical name is Syncarpia glomulifera and its Janka rating a hardy 12.