HARDWOOD

for garden objects

Certified 100% hardwood

With mostly tropical origin

Value benches also include high-quality wood with high density. As a regenerative raw material, hardwood is therefore ideal for seat covers – due to its stability, good machining properties, relatively easy availability, natural appearance and, above all, thanks to its insulating effect. We use only high quality 100% hardwood from certified suppliers from controlled forest management.

Hardwoods, mostly of tropical origin, have all but displaced native woods such as larch and pine in high-end construction projects. This is mainly due to the lower maintenance and much longer life of tropical hardwood species. For example, hardwoods have a significantly higher resistance to environmental influences such as UV radiation and moisture. When properly installed, the woods are also stable to pest infestation and resistant to mold.

Bench EMDEN with hardwood seat cushion
100% hardwood regenerative raw material

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What is behind 100%

Hardwood?

Under 100% hardwood we include all particularly high-quality, hard and weather-resistant woods mostly of tropical origin. All hardwoods processed and supplied by us are characterized by:

  • high weather resistance
  • high wood density and thus high strength and wear stability
  • very low risk of cracking (we process only kiln-dried wood)
  • especially few stone inclusions

Formally, hardwoods are defined as wood species with a bulk density in dry wood of 0.55 g/cm³. Known representatives of hardwood with European origin are, for example, beech, oak and ash. The tree species from which the processed and delivered wood actually originates varies again and again depending on the availability of the raw material. Currently, we particularly often use wood of the tree variety Meranti (other names: Seraya or Balau). To ensure that we can deliver regularly, we always keep a certain amount of raw material in our warehouse.

Oak as a material for seat covers?

Many architects and builders are eager to use hardwood of European origin and ask us for the good German oak. However, we do not recommend using solid oak planks for seating for several reasons:

  • Often long and deep cracks form, making it impossible to use as a seat cover.
  • Due to its particularly high tannic acid content, oak is very susceptible to contact with iron particles. The surface may then turn black-gray locally.
  • The oak planks “bleed” in the first few years and unsightly stains and discolorations form in the near vicinity and on the floor.

Hardwood

an (almost) perfect raw material

Wood is and remains a natural product. The irregularities in grain, color and structure are what make wood what it is: a natural, warm and versatile building material. Thus, all woods have inclusions, color differences, cracks, resins and wormholes – sometimes more and sometimes less. All these are natural phenomena and do not entitle to complaint. If you do not want these “blemishes”, then we recommend that you switch to the natural fiber composite RESYSTA® or the biologically treated KEBONY®.

Hardwood with tropical origin - wormholes
Example: Wormholes in hardwood of tropical origin.
Hardwood overlay with silver gray patina
Hardwood overlay with silver-gray patina: After just a few months, the color changes from honey-yellow to silver-gray

Oiling as a means against wood graying

Rapid fading of the wood surface is a natural phenomenon: photochemical, physical and biological processes take place when exposed to sunlight. In the process, the lignin in the wood is degraded and washed out under appropriate weathering conditions. What remains is the silvery-white cellulose. Without treatment, any hardwood will turn gray within a few months and take on the typical silver appearance. This process can be delayed by oiling. However, oiling has no effect on the service life of the hardwood, which can be more than 30 years in a temperate climate, depending on the type of wood.

Standard dimensions

for hardwood seat pads

Sawn timber, the preliminary product for the production of our robust bench seats, is basically available in any dimension. However, for practical and technical reasons, various standard wood dimensions have proven advantageous and we have them in stock. These typical preferred dimensions are:
65 mm x 65 mm and 130 mm x 65 mm.
Other dimensions for individual benches are possible after consultation.

Hardwood seat support with cross section 65 x 65 mm
Hardwood as seat support with cross section
65 mm x 65 mm
Hardwood seat support with cross section 130 x 65 mm
Hardwood as seat support with cross section
130 mm x 65 mm

Tender text for GaLaBau, for landscape architects and planners

” 100% hardwood with certificate, grade 1, low knot, kiln dried with residual moisture below 20%. Surface planed and sanded on all sides, all edges chamfered 3 x 45°. Surface lightly oiled.”

Everything important at a glance.

HARDWOOD

Formally, hardwoods are defined as wood species with a bulk density in dry wood of 0.55 g/cm³. Known representatives of hardwood with European origin are, for example, beech, oak and ash. The tree species from which the processed and delivered wood actually originates varies again and again depending on the availability of the raw material. Currently, we particularly often use wood of the tree variety Meranti (other names: Seraya or Balau). To ensure that we are able to deliver regularly, we always keep a certain amount of raw material in our warehouse.

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