Here are the basic properties of our material:
- Our material is durable and reliable.
- Environmentally friendly.
- Specific, non-toxic treatment of the laminated timber making it resistant to the external environment and parasites.
- Fire Resistant.
- Shrinkage of laminated timber does not exceed 1%.
Structures constructed of laminated timber differ to those constructed of traditional timber. The main difference is laminated timber does not shrink like natural timber because natural timber retains moisture and needs to be given time to dry out appropriately. Conventional timber structures end up with gaps and cracking due to the drying and shrinking process.
This in turn allows us to construct our homes with fewer delays, as we are not as dependant on the weather. Once the foundations are in place it takes 3-4 weeks to complete the external structure.
The round logs fit perfectly together requiring no additional sealing and the Laminate has its own natural insulating properties. The laminated timber also resists rot and insect infestation.
Advantages of Traditional Timber
- Environmentally friendly
- Interior surfaces of the walls don’t require lining
- Low thermal conductivity
Disadvantages of Traditional timber
- Exposure to atmospheric and biological factors (rot and infestation)
Advantages of Brick
- Low exposure to atmospheric and biological factors
- Fire resistant however weakens considerably if burnt
Disadvantages of Brick
- Very heavy and requires solid and expensive foundations
- High thermal conductivity
- Requires Interior linings
- Draws moisture from external elements
It is worth noting that the above disadvantages are virtually non-existent when building with laminated timber.
Many studies have been conducted with the results showing that heavy timber performs exceptionally well under Australian bushfire situations by charring while maintaining its structural integrity. The charring provides insulation to the remainder of the log and slows the rate at which flames will spread along the wall naturally imitating fire retardant chemicals.
As a result many people prefer to build log homes as opposed to standard timber homes due to log walls being far less likely to combust. Standard timber homes are constructed with many cavities that a fire can travel through. The difference with a solid log wall is that there are no holes or cavities for a fire to progress, and therefore the fire cannot take hold and spread throughout the structure.
Therefore we can conclude that solid timber logs are fire resistant in that the surface chars creating an insulating barrier to the fire while maintaining structural integrity. Additionally as there are no conceale