Why use Wood

Wood as a building material

Wood is ideal for interior, outdoor and structural uses, not only as a finish material, but also to bring warmth and natural beauty to interior and exterior applications. Wood is a material of choice due to its cost effectiveness, ease and efficiency of construction, versatility and sustainability.

 

Performance

Wood’s design flexibility makes it suitable for a wide range of building types and applications, both structural and aesthetic. It can be bent, shaped or assembled given its superior physical and working properties. Wood glues well and has good nail and screw holding ability. It takes on stains easily and can be sanded to a smooth finish. Wood is structurally strong and has load bearing properties. Wood can often be re-used for its original purpose with little or no loss of value. As a result, reclaimed, recycled or salvaged wood is growing in popularity. It can also be treated to exhibit high resistance to termite and rot

Richmond Olympic Oval, British Columbia

Richmond Olympic Oval, British Columbia

 

Aesthetics

Wood brings in a feeling of subtle opulence and warmth to any space with its natural grain, feature, texture and colour. It can be either be kept natural, or stained to a darker finish allowing designers to create contemporary and traditional looks. Wood can be shaped and bent to any form and provides a ready canvas for intricate carvings as well. 

Japanese tea service table and shoji screen made in Yellow-Cedar and Western Red Cedar by Kenji Matusmoto, Puducherry

Japanese tea service table and shoji screen made in Yellow-Cedar and Western Red Cedar by Kenji Matusmoto, Puducherry

 

Insulation

Wood is a natural insulator that keeps you cool in summers and warm in the winters. This reduces the overall consumption of energy for any space, further reducing the carbon footprint of a building. Being a slow burning material, wood also demonstrates considerable fire resistance in compliance with many international laws for construction.

A pre-fabricated home in SPF and furniture in Douglas-fir on display at 9 Wooden Homes, Bengaluru

A pre-fabricated home in SPF and furniture in Douglas-fir on display at 9 Wooden Homes, Bengaluru

 

Durability

Wood is either inherently resistant or can be treated to become termite, rot and decay resistant. Many wooden structures built over a century ago stand strong till date, reiterating the longevity of wood as a building material. Repairs and renovations are relatively simpler with wood due to easier and simpler construction practices.

Durable species such as Western Red Cedar are ideal for outdoor uses. Image courtesy – WRCLA

Durable species such as Western Red Cedar are ideal for outdoor uses. Image courtesy – WRCLA