Category Archives: Timber in building

External wood solution for all needs

OrganoWood® is the latest name in sustainable wood protection and is building a reputation amongst architects, professionals and end users as the external wood treatment of choice for a number of different applications.

Offering three leading products – OrganoWood® 01 Protection, OrganoWood® 02 Repellent and OrganoWood® 03 Cleaner – OrganoWood has developed a product for all exterior wood requirement. Providing a high quality alternative the chemical pressure treatments, OrganoWood is favoured by those who are discouraged by using chemicals for either sustainable or applications reasons, such as environments where there the wood has a close contact to children, animals or vegetation.

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“We are thrilled that OrganoWood is being used by so many different users, for so many different applications,” comments Steve Grimwood, Managing Director at OrganoWood UK. “It’s widespread application and ability to protect exterior wood in all environments is without doubt one of its best features. We hope that users continue to find new uses for the solution.”

The external protection and aesthetic qualities delivered through the OrganoWood range makes it an ideal solution for wooden cladding. OrganoWood® Protection 01 provides an unrivalled natural protection against fire and rot decay with OrgnanoWood® 02 repelling water and rot from taking hold in the material – essential to ensure long lasting building integrity.

OrganoWood is often specified to meet the high performance requirements for wooden decking, promenades and jetties. As well as providing water and rot resistance, OrganoWood® 02 Repellent hardens the wooden surface, making it less likely to split or crack. Through its proprietary technology, which mimics the natural fossilisation process, OrganoWood smoothens the surface, ensuring the decking the safe to walk on barefoot.

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Providing high quality protection without the use of toxic chemicals or heavy metals, OrganoWood is the ideal solution to use on external wood in environments with close contact to children and animals. Requiring little or no maintenance for up to five years, OrganoWood is favoured by those who work on schools, leisure facilities, agricultural buildings, playgrounds, and in public spaces.

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Finally, as well as providing unrivalled eco-friendly protection, OrganoWood allows the timber to age gracefully – gradually enhancing the aesthetics to a silvery-grey hue over time. In particular, this makes it a popular choice for external garden fences and furniture, such as benches, tables and wooden planters.

Manufactured in Sweden, OrganoWood has employed some of nature’s own tricks to develop lasting, effective and unique wood protection that is entirely non-toxic – without the use of harmful heavy metals, biocides and solvents. OrganoWood products are classed as a Good Environmental Choice by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation and are verified by FSC® (FSC-C120532) and PEFC™ (05-35-168), achieving the highest ecological standards.

For stockists and more information on OrganoWood®, please call 01296 323770 or visit www.organowood.co.uk  

Homes transformed with Accoya® doors and windows

With summer fast approaching, many homeowners will be planning to use the milder weather to start thinking about renovations. Upgrading tired doors and windows with certain types of wood will help weather-proof and better insulate homes for many years to come. Beautifully crafted Accoya wooden window frames and doors best equip your home to withstand the UK weather all year round as well as helping to breathe new life into older properties.

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Leading modified wood product Accoya is considered by most installers, builders and DIY enthusiasts as the best wood for the job. With a reputation for being exceptionally low maintenance, Accoya has a long lifespan and comes with a 50 year warranty. The wood also has outstanding environmental credentials and is one of the greenest wood products on the market.

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For UK homeowners, the most important factor when choosing doors and windows is that the product is resilient enough to withstand the changeable and often harsh UK weather. With driving rain and a stark contrast in summer and winter temperatures, wood used for windows and doors needs to offer superior insulating capabilities, be hard-wearing and require little maintenance over its full life cycle.

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Accoya windows, doors and shutters are proven to be durable, with no risk of warping or rot due to the process with which the wood is made. This makes any coatings, paints or varnishes last two times longer with Accoya than traditional woods, and require less preparation and sanding.

Accoya wood is also fantastically versatile and has been successfully installed in new build homes as well as historic properties. The wood can be used to create a wide range of designs, from the simple to the complex, offering a great choice of finishes and colours which makes it an ideal material for a multitude of properties – from bijou city apartments to grand Victorian villas.

Not only does the addition of bespoke Accoya doors and windows really complement the overall appearance of a home, homeowners can be safe in the knowledge that they will last for decades to come.

With years of research and product development, Accoya is modified through to its core to make it one of the most advanced wood products on the market today. Accoya is therefore one of the best quality woods for doors and windows on the market, with examples from around the UK and the world demonstrating its key features and benefits.

Fairlight Home, Hastings

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Accoya architecture

Designed by London based architecture firm Alma-nac, this split level home replaces a 1950’s bungalow and run-down barn which sits on a hilltop in the village of Fairlight, on the southern coast of England.

Accoya was used for windows, window reveals and doors for the stylish property. The owners were keen to build an environmentally friendly home which took advantage of its picturesque hilltop location. Using Accoya allowed the family to install windows and doors which were developed with the highest green credentials and would withstand the exposed coastal location.

Berkshire Home, London

Accoya woodIn the heart of Berkshire, Accoya doors were tailor-made by SB Joinery to help create a stunning new home.

SB Joinery installed Accoya doors in the main Manor house as well as the Lodge House and outbuildings. Accoya wood was selected to complement the property’s appearance. Plus, the 50 year warranty was also a major factor when choosing Accoya over other woods.joinery blog

Winchester Home, Hampshire Accoya wood

This striking new build property in Winchester was built to last, with Accoya sliding sash windows, bifold doors, French doors and frames from SB Joinery’s Stockbridge range. Naturally insulating and highly durable, the owners were particularly impressed with the finish of the Accoya doors and windows and their performance in a range of weather conditions.

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Weybridge Home, Surrey

Manufactured by SB Joinery, Accoya was selected for French and bi-fold doors throughout this beautiful home in Weybridge, Surrey.Accoya Wood

The owners were after a natural wood finish which could also stand up to the elements. Accoya was used to provide a seamless finish, enhancing the overall look of the property. The doors were completely bespoke, designed to the highest specification throughout the property. Accoya was also selected due to the fact it does not shrink or swell during seasonal weather changes.

Country Home, Bath

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Accoya was selected for the windows and French windows and doors throughout this stunning country home on the outskirts of Bath.

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All of the windows and doors were completely bespoke and crafted using traditional methods by the team at Bath Bespoke. Working closely with the clients and architects, a combined mixture of styles – some sleek, contemporary elements as well as some period style mouldings – where created to complement the exposed stone throughout the property.

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Laura Keily, head of marketing for Accsys Technologies, commented: “Accoya is a fantastic product to add the finishing touches to your home. All of these stunning properties are great examples of the different types of doors and windows that can be made from one of the world’s most sustainable, resilient and best performing woods.

“Not only does the addition of the Accoya doors and windows really complement the overall appearance achieved by the properties, the homeowners can relax and enjoy them knowing they will last for many years so come. We hope to see many more residential projects featuring Accoya in the UK in the near future.”

Accoya windows and doors can be purchased through a selection of joinery firms across the UK. For more information click here.

Osmo moves in with the Royals

Osmo wood treatmentOsmo is proud to announce that its wood finish products have been used by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers on a gift for Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. The English charity for the furniture industry created a children‘s table and four chairs and coated the gift with Osmo Wood Wax Finish to ensure the woods surface is both safe and colourful.

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Good children‘s furniture should be of high quality in terms of craftmanship, building materials and surface treatments. The product should be robust and completely free of harmful substances. When selecting the wood finishes for Princess Charlotte’s furniture, the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers chose Osmo exactly for these reasons.

Osmo wood treatment

“We are delighted that the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers chose Osmo to finish Princess Charlotte’s gift,” comments Steve Grimwood, Managing Director of Osmo UK. “Osmo prides itself in offerning environmentally and child safe wood finishes that include no toxic chemicals and is water, dirt, saliva and stain resistant. These qualities make it ideal to use on children’s toys and furniture. We hope Princess Charlotte enjoys her table and chairs.”

Osmo wood treatment

Designer Steuart Padwick wanted to specify bright colours to help inspire Princess Charlotte’s creativity to draw, paint and play at her table. Especially for this project, Osmo was able to provide custom colour tones to match the designer‘s colourful specification.

All Osmo wood finishes are based on natural oils and waxes. These raw plant materials are purified and refined in complex processes and are harmless in a dry state. The natural colour pigments found in the finishes are also approved for the food industry and free of hazardous heavy metals and contaminants.

Osmo Wood Wax Finish provides a water and dirt-repellent surface, is resistant to saliva and stains. In order to appeal to the Royal Children, Osmo Wood Wax Finish was applied in custom colour tones that were created according to the designer’s specifications.

For more information on Osmo’s child friendly wood finishes, please call Osmo UK direct on 01296 481220 or alternatively visit www.osmouk.com.

New plywood guaranteed to be popular for James Latham

As the UK’s biggest independent distributor of panel products and timber, James Latham has announced the latest addition to its portfolio, a new range of Poplar Plywood.

James Latham

Responsibly sourced and ethically verified, this new range of plywood, which is both PEFC and FSC certified, is being supplied by Spanish processing giant Garnica and for distribution will be exclusively available through James Latham in the UK.

Offering exceptional quality and outstanding performance properties, Poplar Plywood is very lightweight, it has a superior surface quality, is strong, exceptionally stable, easy to machine and is also easy to transport.  It is suitable for both interior and exterior applications and is particularly well suited for the manufacturing of furniture, caravans, partitions, speakers, boat building or exhibition stands, in fact, anywhere that weight may be an issue.

James Latham

Andrew Wright, Director of Lathams Limited, explained, “It’s great news that we now have a European manufacturer of high quality plywood with the reputation, substance and credibility of an organisation like Garnica.  Right from the start, we have been really impressed, not only with the products, but also the set up and the people, and I can already see lots of opportunities within markets and applications where Plywood may have been previously discounted or not even considered because of concerns over either the quality of the product, the price or the provenance.

James Latham

Garnica has invested more than 30 million Euros in recent years, developing their product offering to ensure that they are at the cutting edge of global plywood manufacturing and as the exclusive distributor, we are very excited to be able to offer some of these innovative products, which much of the UK market won’t have even seen yet.”

James Latham

“Poplar offers tremendous flexibility and numerous features and benefits and once these have been introduced and marketed in the UK, I am confident that it will soon become a cornerstone of the plywood purchased in this country.”

With seven different product families, the range is extensive and initially, James Latham will focus on offering four of these; Efficiency Poplar, in which the core and faces are made of poplar from controlled and sustainable European plantations. Duraply® where the panel offers exceptional durable properties due to an innovative ply-to-ply treatment making it fungi and insect resistant even under the most adverse weather conditions. Fireshield offering a panel which has been modified through an innovative ply-to-ply process that gives it exceptional flame retardant properties, and through which, unlike other treatments, its properties remain intact when working or sanding the panel. And finally, Elegance Birch, a Poplar panel with a birch veneer to the face and back.  All products in the Elegance range are particularly noted for the beauty of their faces.

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Is oak really the best choice of timber for external windows and doors?

If asked what they consider to be the best timber for external windows and doors, the majority of British homeowners would possibly say oak. The much-loved native British tree is well-known for creating a hard, sturdy and long-lasting timber. And when freshly machined and coated, there is certainly no doubt that it is a really beautiful wood.

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For centuries, oak has been used as a building material and there are countless old buildings across the UK where interior oak beams have survived hundreds of years. However, despite all of this, oak is not actually the best material to use for external windows and doors, or any other outside joinery.

Although oak has a very good rot resistance, it is notorious for movement and it can be very difficult to maintain that beautiful golden colour over time. Tannins within the timber cause discolouration, and movement within the wood means that it needs re-sealing and coating frequently.

So many homeowners ask if there a timber that looks as good as oak and doesn’t need as much maintenance when used for external windows and doors? Yes there is and it’s called Accoya.

Accoya is a modified wood product, which uses a non-toxic formula to create a product which rivals the performance of the best hardwoods, while being highly sustainable and ethically sourced at the same time.

One of many the advantages of Accoya is that it is much less prone to shrinking and swelling with changes in humidity than other types of wood, and therefore doesn’t suffer from the movement issues of oak.

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And because it is a much more stable timber, it requires far less maintenance than other timbers and does not need to be re-coated as often.

Though Accoya is naturally a lighter colour than oak and has a different grain pattern it can be stained to match the colour of oak such that from any distance it is hard to tell the difference.

An additional benefit of Accoya is that it has significantly better insulation properties than oak, so using Accoya means much warmer rooms, with lower heating bills as well.

On top of all this, Accoya will actually last much longer than oak windows and doors. The results of standard long term tests on the rot resistance of different types of wood show that Accoya outlasts oak and other popular timbers for outdoor use as well.

So if you want long lasting high performance windows and doors windows that have the appearance of oak without its problems, then Accoya is undoubtedly the best solution for homeowners.

Inspired by design?  Visit Accoya’s new blog to view a selection of project stories.

Bathwick Apartment, Bath

Located in the picturesque heart of the historic city of Bath, this modern apartment combines Georgian period charm with contemporary comfort. The location alone is spectacular, as it is positioned on Bathwick Street making it easy to explore all the attractions of the city.

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Bath Bespoke specialise in using Accoya wood for all of their painted joinery projects. Accoya was chosen for the Bathwick Apartment as the client requested a robust and beautiful wood. Accoya was also selected thanks to its low maintenance benefits – the form stability and reduced swelling of Accoya windows removes the stress on paint finishes.

Inspired by design? Visit Accoya’s new blog to view a selection of project stories.

Wood for life – why exterior wood products are here to stay

When Gordon Aitken first considered cladding his family home in 2006, he longed for a natural wood finish on his home’s exterior but imagined that he’d be forever maintaining, coating and touching up the façade of his house near Glenrothes in Scotland.

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10 years later and Gordon has been pleasantly surprised. After choosing to use ACCOYA®, a modified wood, Gordon hasn’t once had to scale a ladder or coat his home’s cladding with tins of lacquer in a full decade, proving how resilient the wood is.

Gordon’s home was the world’s first ever property to be clad with ACCOYA – a virtually rot proof, non-toxic and highly durable natural wood product with a 50 year above ground guarantee. Finished ten years ago and setting a new benchmark for long lasting exterior wood products, this use of ACCOYA has changed the perception of how wood can be used for residential projects.

Bricks and mortar are the mainstays of UK house building. They cope reasonably well with driving rain, gusting winds and freezing temperatures, which unfortunately we’re all so used to. Wood, albeit attractive, natural and environmentally friendly, has for a long time been considered an inferior material, prone to shrinking, warping and rotting. However, things are changing.

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After 90 years of wood science, the process of transforming softwoods into products mirroring the resilience of tropical hardwoods has recently become widely available. The process is known as acetylation. Acetylation alters the wood’s chemical structure making it practically impermeable to water and therefore not vulnerable to swelling or shrinkage.

ACCOYA’s sister product, MEDITE® TRICOYA® Extreme, made from the same process is an extremely durable wood-based panel, offering the design flexibility of MDF with the resilience of hardwood. It has been described as “absolutely unique” and one of the greatest advances in board products in the last 10 years.

Both products have won a host of awards from environmental bodies around the world, demonstrating the products’ commitment to sustainable building and design.

Wood’s popularity amongst home owners is certainly on the up, and with products such as ACCOYA and MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME making real waves, it seems logical that this upward trend is here to last.

Inspired by design? Visit Accoya’s new blog to view a selection of project stories.

Accoya® chosen for French windows & doors at a country home in Bath

Designed and manufactured by Bath Bespoke, Accoya was selected for the windows and French windows and doors throughout this stunning country home on the outskirts of Bath.Accoya WoodAll the windows and doors were completely bespoke and crafted using traditional methods by the team at Bath Bespoke. Working closely with their clients and their selected architects, Bath Bespoke combined a mixture of styles – some sleek, contemporary elements and some period style mouldings to complement the exposed stone throughout the property.timber windowAccoya was chosen as the ideal wood for the project thanks to its seamless quality finish and its ability not to shrink or swell during seasonal weather changes, meaning Accoya doors and windows open and close effortlessly all year round.

Speaking on their decision to use Accoya for the project, creative director Tom Jones-Marquez said: “Being able to stand by our work is key for us and the stability and durability of Accoya allows us to do this more so, than with any other timber”.

Inspired by design? Visit Accoya’s new blog to view a selection of project stories.

Primary school pupils see the benefits of non-slip decking

An eco friendly school in Liverpool has used Marley Eternit’s JB Citideck® for the walkways surrounding its new innovative eco POD, due to its non-slip properties.

The wooden-clad eco POD at Rice Lane Primary School is part of a number of green initiatives the Eco Stars (a select group of green fingered pupils) at the school have taken responsibility for. The POD is currently being used as a classroom whilst the school is undergoing major building work but will eventually be used by learning mentors as an inspiration space. It will also be used for specialist support and wider training, such as initiatives involving parents in learning.

The wooden structure can easily accommodate a class of 30+ children and has become an instant hit with all 750 pupils and teaching staff alike, as it has a very calming atmosphere.

POD Living Ltd always specifies JB CitiDeck® for its projects because it is assured of the quality and performance. JB CitiDeck® was used for the walkways at both the front and behind the eco classroom – with steps leading to the front doors and a ramp for wheelchair access at the rear.

The safe use of the walkways all year round was the prime concern for the school’s leadership team, so the non-slip timber deck board from Marley Eternit was ideal. JB CitiDeck® is also one of the most sustainable and environmentally-friendly hard landscaping products available, perfectly complementing environments that use a range of other natural products. The smooth profile of JB CitiDeck® is easy to clean, which is ideal in areas of heavy usage such as a busy school.

JB CitiDeck® was originally developed for use in the Olympic Park, where safety, inclusivity and accessibility were all of paramount importance to the organisers of London 2012. It is now specified for many urban applications and public spaces – from schools and hospitals to housing developments and restaurants.

Rice Lane Primary School Head Teacher Cheryl Chatburn said “The POD has been a revelation for the school, and knowing that pupils can access it safely on JB CitiDeck® non-slip decking provides real peace of mind.”

Dylan Howie from POD Living Ltd said that JB CitiDeck® is the only decking the company will use. “Our PODs are built to the highest possible standard, and we demand the same of everything that goes into the installation – and that’s why we have complete faith in JB CitiDeck®.”

To find out more about using JB CitiDeck® for heritage and conservation projects, contact the technical team on 01427 675588 or

www.marleyeternit.co.uk 

Accoya® chosen for a restoration project in London

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Manufactured by The Sash Window Workshop, Accoya was chosen to help transform a late Victorian property based in London. Originally built as a warehouse, the property required major renovation to become a family home.

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The building was in such bad condition the windows and doors were rotten and required replacement. Accoya was selected for the windows and doors due to its durability and stability. Plus, the replacement joinery had to comply with the conservation area requirements.joinery

In total 10 new Accoya sash and casements windows and 5 new Accoya doors were installed within the property. Since the installation the overall look of the street has dramatically improved.

Inspired by design?  Visit Accoya’s new blog to view a selection of project stories.