10 facts about Timber – JANUARY 2019

10 Facts about Timber

  1. Timber is the most sustainable of all building materials
  2. The terms hardwood and softwood refer to the type of tree the timber comes from, they have nothing to do with the strength of material
  3. Following on form that, hardwood comes from deciduous trees and softwood from evergreen
  4. Wood is carbon neutral due to the tree’s absorption of carbon dioxide and in turn produces the oxygen that we breathe
  5. More trees are planted than harvested within the European Timber industry
  6. It can take up to 30 years for a tree to reach its full size (common for African trees)
  7. Homes made from timber are much more efficient in energy consumption compared to the brick that homes are usually built with
  8. Timber can be used in a variety of applications throughout a home from roof trusses, to architraves and staircases
  9. Not only is it used in construction, timber is also the material of choice for many types of sports and leisure equipment
  10. Oak is the most widely used hardwood while pine is the most popular softwood (we use spruce as its better quality, however slightly more expensive)

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