Living with wood

Living with wood

Wood – the full range that keeps expanding

  • System solutions incorporating wood, engineered wood, sheet materials and non-wood complements
  • Sawn and planed solid wood for construction and industrial processing
  • Wood cut to dimensions and exact lengths to buyer’s specifications, including finger-jointing
  • Blanks and components for joinery and furniture
  • Wood kiln-dried to buyer’s specifications
  • Strength-graded wood according to European standards
  • Appearance-graded wood for furniture and interiors
  • Ripped and glued products such as laminated building products and edge-laminated boards
  • Chemically treated, heat-treated, impregnated or pre-painted wood
  • Building products, glulam beams
  • Engineered wood for building purposes, such as LVL and I-Joists. Building components such as roof trusses etc.
  • Flooring, panelling and mouldings, parquets and laminated interior products
  • Interior decoration systems, including surface treatment
  • Wood-based sheet materials

A sound investment

Wooden houses are inexpensive to build and extend, and enjoy low running and maintenance costs over a long life span. Today the average service life of a wooden house is between 80 and 100 years, with some builders guaranteeing a lifetime of 125 years. Maintenance costs for timber buildings are no higher than for other types. Wooden facades, with or without a surface coating, merely require ordinary maintenance.

Adapting to changing needs

Houses need to be able to adapt to changes in the life stages of their occupants, as well as to wider changes in the way people live. 

Thanks to the light weight and modular structure of timber houses, loft conversion, adding an extra storey or an extension, removing a wall or just modernization, are simple and practical, while the dry lining used in timber construction means less waste and moisture.

In many cases a loft conversion is only possible in timber, where the low net weight and exceptional strength of wood elements ensure adequate load-bearing, even over considerable spans.

Timber construction reduces the construction time for extensions, and the light weight of the components means they can be delivered even to sites with severely restricted access. 

With the proper planning, not only windows and doors, but also many domestic installations can be integrated at the prefabrication stage.