Covid-19 Updates


Tile Importer, like everyone, are striving to maintain our business and support our customers in these unprecedented times.

Our Business Model is continually changing to keep in-step with the COVID restrictions put in place by the Victorian State Government.

We will continue to strive to provide the best service we can, that complies with all rules and regulations, and ensures your personal safety as well as those of our staff.

Our store is now open to everyone.

Trades People and Customers can attend In-store subject to the following conditions:
• Payments must be COVID safe;
• You must supply contact details to enable ongoing COVID tracing in compliance with government directions;
• You must wear a Face covering;
• You must practice safe distancing; &
• You must not attend if you are suffering any flu like symptoms whatsoever.

Sales can also be completed via email by sending your inquiry to:[email protected] or via our eBay Store http://www.ebaystores.com.au/Tile-Importer-Timber-Merchants accessed through the button on our website homepage.

Deliveries are available via our normal courier service.

We will continue to develop our model as the situation evolves so check in with us regularly for updates.

We apologise for any inconvenience but again these are unprecedented times & we all need to come together as a community to keep everyone safe.

All of us at Tile Importer hope you stay safe and look forward to seeing you back in store now we are once again open.





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Timber Frames: 5 Reasons to Choose Wood Over Steel

by | Mar 5, 2020 | Blog | 0 comments


When building or renovating a property, one of the first decisions is what material to use for the frame of the building. The frame serves as the skeleton of the house that transfers the load from the rooftop, walls and floors down to the foundations, so it needs to be structurally sound.

Popular choices for building frames are timber, concrete or steel. Concrete is labour-intensive and less efficient. This article looks at the pros and cons of timber and steel. At Tile Importer, we believe that wood is the right choice for your project. Here are five reasons why:

#1: Environmental Friendliness

Timber retains CO2. It is a natural product and a renewable resource, making it an environmentally friendly construction material. Although steel is a 100 per cent recyclable material, a majority of steel is made from new iron ore extraction.  Steel is more energy-intensive to produce and transport, leaving a bigger carbon footprint than timber.

#2: Safe and Energy Efficient

Timber frames provide a slower rate of heat transfer than steel. As a natural insulator, wood decreases your need for cooling or heating, helping you reduce your energy bills. Steel is a good conductor of heat, and therefore requires additional insulation. If exposed to extreme temperatures, as in the case of fire, the loadbearing capacity of steel frames fail. If a timber column burns, the surface chars forming a charcoal layer that fireproofs it against further damage. A fire-retardant coating further reduces the risk.

#3: Cost-Efficiency

Timber is cheaper than steel, but not because it is of lesser quality. It is more readily available on the market and can be easily altered to suit your project’s design. Constructing a steel frame is more labour-intensive, so the construction costs are higher.

#4: Flexibility On-Site

Timber frames are constructed by your carpenter on site (or the competent handyman for  DIY projects)so are able to be made or adjusted to suit your site perfectly and or to accommodate any changes to plans as you go.   This also goes for future renovations to your existing house with timber frames better able to accommodate new additions or changes.

This isn’t the case with steel; it needs to be delivered to site in its final form, ready to be installed in the building. Any incorrect measurement means a longer delay.

#5: Ease of Decorating

Because of the flexibility when working with timber, timber frames offer a wider range of designs and options for cladding. Wood panels, flooring and partitions are easily fixed and give you the versatility to carve, cut or paint the material to match your desired look and feel of the space.

Decorating a space with steel frames can be more challenging. Special equipment is required to drill through steel because it’s denser than wood. Drilling and welding metal also produces sparks, creating a fire hazard.

Opt for timber frames for your project if you want an eco-friendly material that gives you flexibility and lower construction costs.

Tile Importer: Your One-Stop Shop for Timber Framing Needs

Find the right timber frame for your building or renovation needs with Tile Importer. We are a one-stop-shop for durable timber frames, fencing and flooring in Melbourne.

Request a call back by filling out our contact form. You can also drop by our showroom at 17 Natalia Ave Oakleigh South, Victoria to see our products.


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