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Ten Good Reasons to Choose Wood

  • Wood is a good thermal insulator and it can, therefore, help to reduce your heating costs.  Wood has the best thermal insulation properties of any mainstream building material.
  • Forests contain diverse forms of life.  Over 90% of the wood (hardwood and softwood) we use is sourced from European forests and these forests are growing by 661,000 ha every year – an area greater than three football pitches every hour of the day and night.  Greater use of wood products will stimulate further the expansion of Europe’s forests.
  • Timber products are biodegradable.  When timber products finally come to the end of their useful life they can be disposed of by being burned or by rotting naturally.
  • Waste products can be recycled into other materials such as particle boards and MDF or used for heating, therefore reducing the need to use other fossil fuels.
  • Growing trees absorb emissions and forests are often referred to as carbon sinks.  Sustainably managed forests are run with respect for the planet, people and prosperity.  Great care is taken with the choice and mix of species, harvesting at maturity, natural regrowth and planting, respecting the ecosystems on which local flora and fauna depend and the way of life of people who depend on the forest.
  • Wood is carbon neutral.  The substitution of wood for other materials can result in reduced CO2 emissions as the carbon dioxide stored by the forest and in the timber product outweighs any carbon dioxide created during the production of the end product.  Each tonne of timber used instead of other building materials (like steel, brick or concrete block) saves around a tonne of carbon dioxide.
  • Wooden joinery can be renovated and repaired.
  • Wood is durable.  A good quality wooden product should, with care and maintenance, last a lifetime.  Many Victorian houses still have their original wooden windows, doors and floors.
  • Wood is naturally beautiful and adds warmth and character to your home.  It usually adds value too.
  • Wood is highly versatile and can be moulded into many different designs and forms