Turning up the heat

The shift in demand towards environmentally friendly and sustainable timber products has seen many innovations introduced to the market over recent years. These have included composite and recycled materials, improved manufacturing techniques and the development of forestry management guidelines.

Typically, these have come at a cost, both literally and in terms of quality. Increased burdens at every stage of the traditional timber supply chain often increases expense to the end user, whilst the synthetic and recycled alternatives that are offered tend to lack the authenticity of natural wood.

The Thermory® Collection, distributed in the UK by Round Wood of Mayfield, has eliminated this trade off through the development of advanced kilning technologies.

The range includes decking, cladding and flooring, all of which has been thermo-treated. This chemical free process is used to transform ash and spruce from responsibly managed forests in North America and Europe into timber with a durability that rivals that of tropical hardwoods.

Thermo-treatment takes place in computer controlled kilns. Finished timber profiles are heated and steamed at temperatures of up to 215°C in order to reduce moisture content, remove resins and bake out the natural sugars that can cause decay.

The result is an extremely durable, excellent value, timber with outstanding dimensional stability, suitable for a variety of external and internal uses. Thermo-treatment also infuses the timber with a deep, luxurious colour throughout, particularly suited to contemporary projects.

Round Wood already offers many items from the competitively priced Thermory® range, with more to be added over the coming months. These include a selection of unique and time saving fitting accessories, which can drastically cut on site fitting times.

118mm Thermory® decking, for example, is pre-grooved for use with their ‘clip-strip’ hidden fastening system. As these strips are fastened onto joists for the boards to simply clip into, they also cut out the need for unsightly face screws, improving the look of your deck.

For more information please visit www.roundwood.com or call a member of their sales team on 01435 867 072.

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