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What Are Timber Poles?

What Are Timber Poles?

Discover the world of timber poles! Our comprehensive guide covers sourcing, uses, and maintenance tips. Make the best choice for your project.

In a world where steel and concrete dominate our modern infrastructure, it's easy to overlook the humble yet versatile timber pole. But what exactly are timber poles, and why are they still relevant in today's construction industry? Read this article to find out!

Timber poles can be defined as round or square timber poles which have been cut and hardened from a tree trunk. The main difference between these two types of timber poles lies solely in the fact that round poles are surprisingly stronger than squared poles. Who knew? This is because the diameter of the round pole distributes weight and stress more evenly than squared poles.

The use of timber poles can be traced back to the time when early humans were using them as structural support in their buildings, often for things like ladders or bridges. Fast-forward to modern times - now you will find timber poles being used in a wide variety of projects! The projects range from building and fencing to electrical and telephone line applications.

Now that you understand exactly what timber poles are and their use in modern times, take a look at the different types of timber poles available.


What are the Different Types of Timber Poles?

Transmission Poles

Transmission poles are one of the most popular types of timber poles used in today's everyday life. This is because they are incredibly strong and durable with a weight of about 150 kg or more - making them perfect for carrying the heavy load of electrical power lines or telephone lines.

The interesting thing about transmission poles is that they are treated with a coating named Creosote or CCA (Copper Chrome Arsenate.) Creosote is an oil-based chemical applied to the timber with heat and pressure, whereas CCA is a concentrate mixed with water and applied through pressure at ambient temperatures. Both of these treatments help protect the poles from long-term decay and weather, ensuring they can withstand all sorts of conditions. So ultimately, these treated timber poles can last for years, which is why they are so popular in the electricity industry.

Building and Fencing Poles

Building and fencing poles are often used in the agricultural field because of their flexibility, durability, and strength. Picture an agricultural environment - where do you think you need building and fencing poles? Maybe in vineyards to fence off areas or to build support for the vines? Or maybe around poultry farms to create a safe environment for the animals? In all of these cases, building and fencing poles can act as an effective solution!

These timber poles are sold either treated with Creosote/CCA (just like the transmission poles) or untreated. The primary reason for this is that some projects require poles that are not completely weatherproofed or sanitized and are thus for aesthetic purposes.

Droppers And Laths

Droppers and laths are thin wooden poles. They almost look like short sticks and are often used in the agricultural field as well, mainly for fencing purposes. But fencing is not the only application of these timber poles. They are also used to build structures such as garden sheds, decorative shade roofs, or 'lean-tos'.

You can distinguish droppers and laths by looking at the measurements. Droppers vary between  3.2 and 5 m; in contrast, Laths vary between 2 and 3.2 m. So first, determine your application and then decide which type of pole is the best fit.

Home Improvement and DIY Products

Many South Africans spend their free time at home, renovating and working on home improvement projects - especially since the COVID-19 pandemic hit a few years back. And many of these projects involve timber poles.

One of the key reasons why people invest in timber poles is because of their ability to remain sturdy for a long period of time due to the weatherproofing treatments. Plus, you can also make some unique designs with timber poles - think curved arches and pergolas that will help create an outdoor atmosphere like no other!

Commercial and Industrial Application Products

There are so many commercial and industrial applications of timber poles. For instance, they are often used to repair old structures because the treated version can last for decades with minimal maintenance. Guardrails, posts, dunnage, slab poles, and shavings - the list goes on.

The use of timber and poles is also seen in the form of prefabricated structures such as warehouses, garages and decks. All these structures are made from high-quality timber poles that have been treated to withstand weather elements - making them ideal for various industrial and commercial applications.

Don't Overlook The Timber Pole

The humble timber pole is still a relevant and useful resource in the construction industry today. They are easy to install, maintain, and replace if needed - making them an ideal choice for many projects. For more information regarding timber poles, timber poles price variations, and timber poles installation, feel free to contact the experts today!


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