The Blackbutt timber species is a native hardwood commonly found on the north coast of NSW and southern parts of Queensland. It is a tough and versatile timber that comes in neutral shades to complement any interior. If you are searching for a locally sourced floor with plenty of character, look no further than Blackbutt solid timber.
Though botanically named ‘Eucalyptus Pilularis’, the common term ‘Blackbutt’ derives from the appearance of the tree. The base of the trunk is often charred black which is a distinguishing feature caused by previous bushfires. Once harvested and turned into planks, the shade is light and neutral with a golden nutty hue. The texture is even with straight grains making it an attractive choice for home flooring.
Blackbutt timber is categorised as Class 1 in Above Ground Durability. This means that it is expected to have a lifespan of more than 40 years above ground. Another test that determines durability is Janka Hardness rating. This test measures the hardness of floors where the higher the number, the more a floor can withstand wear. Blackbutt timber has a rating of 9.1. Generally, a wood that scores 8+ is considered hard which reinforces Blackbutt’s lasting durability.
Due to its strength, Blackbutt timber is ideal for both interior and exterior use, including flooring, framework and decking.
If you are a safety-conscious homeowner or happen to live near a bushfire zone, Blackbutt timber is a great material to invest in. It has been recognised and approved by the Building Commission in Victoria as 1 of 7 hardwood species that provides good resistance to fire.
Depending on the product and board width, Blackbutt timber is generally installed using the glue and secret nail method (or top nail for wide boards). Nails are discreetly inserted through the tongue of the planks at a 45-degree angle. This contributes to and maintains the aesthetic appearance of the Blackbutt timber planks.