The Australian climate can give timber products a bit of a beating in the outdoors, especially to horizontal surfaces like timber benches. So we build our products in 2 different materials, pine & hardwood, to provide a price point difference and suitable quality for the purpose of your use.
For high use zones such as schools, childcare centres, public spaces, and for permanent outdoor positions, we highly recommend our hardwood timber solutions for high quality and durability. We use a hardwood cladding material commonly used in outdoor decking, and just like decking, you can leave hardwood to 'grey off' to its George Clooney best, or to preserve the natural timber colour you should consider oiling them and maintaining them year on year.
For semi permanent outdoor positions, undercover, or for indoor use, then the raw pine is your best bet for a more economical option. You can leave it raw and it will retain it's beauty or oil it up for another look.
If you like the painted look for permanent outdoor use then you can definitely choose the pine version, which will perform well outdoors if the timber is protected. Pine being a little less rigid will want to buckle in the weather if not protected by the paint.
**You do not need to purchase the hardwood version if you want a painted look. Hardwood is actually a lot harder to paint because it is less porous and will require more preparation in undercoating to ensure the paint bonds to the timber.
We use high quality timber which with a sanding at anytime will breathe new life to your product. This is a purchase that will retain value!