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Outdoor wooden coverings

Outdoor wooden coverings

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Outdoor wooden coverings

The use of wood, after a drastic abandonment due to the industrialization of nations and therefore to the increasingly frequent production of chemical and synthetic materials created in the laboratory, is gradually returning to vogue; even if slow, what is happening is an inexorable rapprochement with nature, mostly due to the environmental issue: the use of legnamene for structures, paving or roofing is totally zero impact (100% zero environmental impact), also when the timber structures will have completed their life cycle can be reused for the supply of wood stoves, or even the wood can be reworked and turned into shavings for stoves or lumber of less value such as chipboard and wood sheets for multiple uses ; for example, once painted they can be used to cover internal facades of walls, which may be damaged by humidity.

A little history on the use of wood in the structures

That wood is one of the oldest materials used for the supporting structure of houses or places of worship is certainly not a secret. The tree, from which the wood is extracted and worked, has always been considered a sacred element by most ancient populations. The tree is life and at the same time gives life and offers shelter to multiple life forms including man. Always revered for the mystical ability to unite earth and sky, the tree was the protagonist of many cults at least until the modern era, in which it was violently and radically supplanted by non-living materials and even in recent decades, due to economic issues and policies that are not even worth investigating, it was decided to replace wood with toxic and polluting synthetic materials.

The use of wood

As you anticipated in the initial part of this explanatory picture, wood is slowly coming back into vogue both as regards the structures and as far as the flooring is concerned, but why? I would like to start by asking a very important question: in which structures can wood be used? Certainly not as the backbone of a 800-meter skyscraper, but it can certainly be used for 90% of civilian structures. In addition to the already acclaimed ecological qualities of wood, it should also be emphasized that wood is an excellent thermal insulator and this allows, without the aid of additional materials, a perfect insulation thus providing great savings in the user's bill.
Not only that, the wood is also a perfect acoustic insulator, absorbing most of the sound wave without transmitting or reflecting it; not for nothing the most important theaters and the most prestigious acoustic rooms adopt wood to enhance the quality of the sound reproduced without altering the sound wave produced. In addition to these already spectacular capabilities, wood is a material that perfectly resists shear stress or, better to say, a material that if adopted for the load-bearing structure of a specific structure, the structure will not be subjected to seismic stress. almost no damage; the wood is a fibrous and very elastic material, very resistant to torsion and therefore even if "tortured" it will maintain its structural qualities without breaking or shattering. This therefore suggests that adopting wood for the load-bearing structure of a home is certainly the wisest choice both from the point of view of efficiency, and from an environmental, ecological and economic point of view.
Using wood also for outdoor structures, besides being a valid choice for the reasons indicated above, is certainly a class choice: especially if we place our gazebos or wooden pergolas in a garden with greenery, the view of the wood will recall to our mind the shape of the tree thus giving the garden a richer and above all more natural appearance.
Moreover, with the advent of new technologies, it will also be possible to create coverings with wood materials; this will make it possible not to use plastics or bituminous membranes for the waterproofing of our garage or gazebo. The use of wood sheets as coverings will give the structure a very pleasant visual impact, especially if you play with the various colors given by the use of various timber.

Some contraindications of the use of timber in structures

Alas, wood is not enough to make your structure ecological and respectful of nature; it will therefore be important to evaluate also with which substances it is treated to improve its waterproofing or hardness. In the case of external structures this aspect is not too relevant, but you will have to be very careful when using wood in internal structures or for the flooring of your room.
VOCs, for example, are substances used to treat wood, originally liquid or solid, which over time transform their form into gaseous or vaporous; very often these materials are toxic and will make our home environment unhealthy, but above all not suitable for the growth of children. So do not blindly trust those who offer you cheap timber and do a thorough and in-depth research not only on the retail price but also on the processing adopted on that particular type of timber.
Another aspect to consider in the choice of wood as a structural material both for interiors but above all for exteriors is the danger in case of fire. Wood, as is known, is a decidedly not fireproof material, indeed. It is not absolutely necessary to underestimate this aspect in environments subject to high temperatures or with the presence of sparks or flames. It is clear that in a domestic environment this aspect is almost negligible given that it will be difficult to ignite flames or embers inside the house, but on the outside it will always be necessary to evaluate a correct distance from the wooden structure that surrounds us when we light the barbecue or bonfires keep warm. It is advisable to use electrical equipment such as electric grills for the barbecue or heat lamps to soften the external environment; by doing so we will avoid dangers and we will be able to enjoy our moments outside with greater serenity


The use of wood for internal and external structures has always been a very wise choice, even if in the last decade this material has been supplanted by non-ecological materials; only in recent years are we returning to our steps by entrusting craftsmen and carpenters capable of constructing even imposing wooden structures. So, if you need to beautify your garden or you want to build a sheltered place where you can park your car or simply where to stay to fully enjoy the temperate days, instead of adopting materials that rust or deteriorate and crumble over time, use wood: if well seasoned as well as giving a pleasant appearance to your structure it will give you reliability for many decades.