Frequently Asked Questions

We thought you might benefit from reading through answers to some questions that we’re often asked by our clients! Head over to the ALLKIND Joinery & Glass FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page for more info …

Frequently Asked Questions

ALLKIND Joinery Brisbane Showroom infoBrisbane Showroom

ALLKIND have relocated there Glazing Shop to their on-site Joinery Factory and converted the area into a new Showroom. The Showroom features a range of Timber Joinery items including custom Timber Doors and Windows on display in a variety of timber types and glazing options. The Showroom also boasts a Kitchen display featuring some of the most innovative technology in Kitchen hardware, including electronic drawer systems and LED lighting throughout the cabinets.

Kitchen Display

The Kitchen display in the ALLKIND Brisbane Showroom features Kitchen Cabinetry and pantries; Hettich drawer systems, hardware and lighting; Laminex benchtops and splashbacks; essastone benchtops and surfaces, and Caesarstone benchtop samples and info.

Timber Joinery Display

The showroom displays a wide range of timber joinery including Sliding, Bi-Fold and Entry doors; Double-hung, Casement, Awning/Hopper and Bi-fold windows; Glass, Timber and electronic louvers; Door and Window hardware; Centor hardware and sliding screens and blinds; Aneeta Sashless windows; and Breezway shutters and info.

ALLKIND’s Brisbane showroom is located on-site, accompanying our offices and factories, at 594 Rode Road Chermside QLD 4032. Read on for more info on what you can find in the new showroom of Brisbane’s prestige timber joinery, ALLKIND Joinery & Glass …

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Selecting the Perfect Timber Type for Your Project

New Guinea RosewoodSurian CedarMerbauAmooraWestern Red Cedar


New Guinea Rosewood (‘NGR’) is a stable hardwood that doesn’t chip, split and bleed as much as most other comparable hardwoods. NGR has a high rating against cracks and shrinkage, and is easier to sand, paint and polish than other softer woods. The price of NGR is economical compared to other comparable species of hardwoods. NGR can be more susceptible to slight leeching if not properly sealed with oil based paints. ALLKIND is proudly an Australian owned company based in QLD, and we source our New Guinea Rosewood from Australian timber merchants.

Natural Golden Yellow and Brown colour with a variable grain, giving NGR a desirable natural appearance with character.

Excellent: Hardness, Finish, Stability, Durability and Machining.
Good: Resistance to Splitting.


Surian Cedar (‘SC’) is a durable timber with a high rating against cracks and shrinking. SC is a lighter wood, and is more affordable than some other timber species. SC is softer than its comparable hardwood counterparts, and can be susceptible to slightly more movement. Paint finishing of SC requires more attention than, for example, New Guinea Rosewood. ALLKIND is proudly an Australian owned company based in QLD, and we source our Surian Cedar from Australian timber merchants.

Darker Brown to Red colour with a consistent grain.

Excellent: Finish and Durability
Good: Stability, Machining and Resistance to Splitting
Medium: Hardness


Merbau is a strong and durable hardwood, commonly used for timber joinery framing, decking and cladding. Merbau is one of the hardest woods available on the Australian market, though can be more susceptible to leaching than other comparable timbers. ALLKIND is proudly an Australian owned company based in QLD, and we source our Merbau from Australian timber merchants.

Well-defined yellow to brown and dark red brown colour with an interlocked grain.

Excellent: Hardness and Durability
Good: Finish, Stability, Machining and Resistance to Splitting


Amoora is stable hardwood with a desirable finish that requires less attention when painting than softer woods. Amoora can typically be slightly more affordable than some other timbers, and is often criticized for its very heavy weight and abrasiveness on tools. It is also know to be more susceptible to splits and cracks, with a lower rating against movement than comparable timbers such as New Guinea Rosewood. ALLKIND is proudly an Australian owned company based in QLD, and we source our Amoora from Australian timber merchants.

Plain pink and brown colour with a consistent grain.

Excellent: Hardness and Finish
Good: Durability
Neutral: Stability, and Resistance to Splitting
Fair: Machining


Western Red Cedar (‘WRC’) is a relatively durable but very soft wood, commonly used only for cabinetry detailing and cladding. WRC is more susceptible to movement than most other comparable timbers. ALLKIND often recommends alternative solutions before using WRC for timber joinery in Queensland homes, as it is not a strong performing timber in the humid, sub-tropical climate.

Yellowish to brown colour with a straight grain and uneven texture.

Good: Finish, Machining, Resistance to Splitting.
Poor: Hardness

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Selecting Kitchen Benchtop Materials

Selecting the perfect benchtop for your new kitchen or renovation can seem difficult at first. There is a lot of info and options in materials to decipher, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Though navigating through all of the available info to make the final decision can often feel overwhelming to begin with, we hope to help you through the selection process with this guide to popular kitchen benchtop materials.

The benchtops in your kitchen will more than likely influence, or need to centre around, your kitchen’s style and colour palette. So it’s important to select something that looks great to you. It’s also important to select the right material for your benchtop that best suits your usage, and budget. Check out the info below for more on the different benchtop materials ALLKIND most commonly work with in kitchen and cabinetry projects …

TimberEngineered QuartzLaminateMarbleGraniteConcreteStainless SteelCorian


Beautiful material, adding visual warmth; Rustic style; Also consider the use of part timber and part stone.

Durability and Maintenance
Long-lasting; Family friendly; Timbers that are naturally more water resisting are available, and water resisting finishes and waterproof varnishes are also available; Can be more susceptible to discolouration from heat or chemicals compared to stone, for example.

Flexible, with a range of pricing options available due to the wide range of timber and grain options.

Environmentally Friendly
FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified timbers available; Consider reclaimed woods.


Large variety of colours and shades.

Durability and Maintenance
Stout durability; Tough, nonporous and impact-resistant material; Can last a lifetime; Requires no sealants or waxes; Cleans with soap and water.

Design Flexibility
Can suit both modern and traditional styles; Can be fabricated in larger pieces with fewer joints.

Environmentally Friendly
Eco-friendly attributes; Great for indoor air quality, emitting few VOCs (volatile organic compounds); Nontoxic and non-allergenic for humans.


Wide range of colours and styles; Customizable edges and finishes.

Durability and Maintenance
Virtually free of any long-term maintenance; Can be not as durable and heat resistant as others.

Budget Friendly
Very Affordable.


Classic, timeless look; Luxe elegance; Dramatic veining.

Durability and Maintenance
Durable, can perform for decades; Can be softer and more porous than Granite; Can be more susceptible to scratches and stains; Routine maintenance is best limited to use of a soft cloth and warm water; Application of a water-based sealer is recommended every 1-2x years.

Design Flexibility
Wide variety of colours; Perfect for white kitchens; White marble can pair with a myriad of colour schemes.

Environmentally Friendly
Natural stone; Consider salvaged slabs.


Plenty of character; Unique grains and colours; Customizable finishes; Wide range of patterns and shades.

When properly sealed, one of the most durable kitchen benchtop materials on the market.

Budget Friendly
Flexible, with a range of pricing options available.

Environmentally Friendly
Natural Stone.


Durability and Maintenance
Long life span; Virtually indestructible; Can be more susceptible to develop tiny hairline cracks, though typically not structural; Requires only mild soap and cloth for routine maintenance.

Design Flexibility
Virtually infinitely customizable; Wide range of colours and visual textures available; Ability to unite with other concrete elements in the home.


Durability and Maintenance
Very durable; Can have a life expectancy of nearly 100x years; Nonporous and nonstaining; Heat and corrosion resistant; Can allow fingerprints and scratches to be more visible; Can be more susceptible to dents; Easy to clean; Can be cleaned with mild detergent, or baking soda or diluted vinegar with water.

Custom Made
Stainless steel benchtops are regarded as a high-end, top of the range product. Stainless steel benchtops are custom made, with sinks integrated into the top. This may often lead to higher costs in comparison to other benchtops, such as laminate and stone, due to additional labor time throughout construction and installation.

Environmentally Friendly
Material with a large portion of recycled content available; Can be reused; Consider no or low VOC (volatile organic compound) glues to maximize healthy indoor air quality.


Appearance and Design Flexibility
High-end, customizable finish; Wide range of colours.

Durability and Maintenance
Extremely durable; Any scratches can be buffered out, as the colour goes through the Corian product and so is easily repaired.

Corian is a premium, top of the range product that can often be more expensive than other comparable kitchen benchtop materials. This is due mostly to its high-end finish and long-lasting durability. Corian benchtops are also custom made, often with sinks and drainage grooves integrated into the Corian top.

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