Quality and purpose for a long time
Using wood for exterior purposes means natural simplicity at its best. Yet this kind of simplicity is not always that simple. As we can tell from old Alpine farms, Russian log houses and Norwegian stave churches, wood can last for centuries – but to do so it has to be treated the right way. Traditional know-how is essential to ensure that wooden buildings preserve their quality and purpose for many years to come. Five good reasons to consider wood decking or cladding
- Wood is naturally resistant to outdoor elements including sunshine, humidity, temperature variations and snow.
- Wood is a renewable material. Trees used for building can be replaced by new trees that mature fast, absorbing CO2. Wood from demolished houses can be entirely reused.
- When properly ventilated on all sides, wood doesn’t rot easily and can hold up for hundreds of years.
- The weathering effect protects the wood. In fact, wooden cladding needs little to no maintenance once it turns silver grey.
- Wood is a warm material. It not only insulates the home, but also creates a warm atmosphere.
Exterior wood: a wabi-sabi state of mindWabi-sabi is a Japanese aesthetic concept that finds beauty in things that are imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. It accepts the fundamental unpredictability of nature and the natural cycle of life, including its inevitable decay. This is exactly what happens when wood is used outside and exposed to the effects of weathering. The woods ‘records’ the sun, wind, rain, heat and cold in a language of discoloration. It manifests an endless array of grey tones, textures, grooves and cracks, eventually becoming an organic, one-of-a-kind decorative product that has no parallel.
Using wood in your exterior creates a feeling of luxurious comfort – think of a wooden deck or spa zone – yet at the same time it is quite unpretentious. It does not shout, ‘Look at me!’ or display wealth and importance. In another parallel with wabi-sabi philosophy, it simply coexists with the rest of the environment.