Timber is one of the most versatile resources in the materials palette, but several commonly-held misconceptions have created the perception that it’s a high-maintenance option in exteriors and facades.
These misconceptions often inform the basis of client objections, so it’s important to debunk some of the common myths about timber maintenance. By setting the record straight, you can overcome client objections and help turn “no” into “yes”.
MYTH #1 Timber requires a lot of ongoing maintenance
Timber doesn’t always require a lot of upkeep. One way to minimise maintenance for timber facades is to design specifically with low-maintenance outcomes in mind. Naturally-weathered exteriors are becoming an increasingly popular aesthetic and practical choice, with weathered and greying finishes built into the life-cycle of the project.
Naturally weathered wood is beautiful: it tells a story, with organic texture that creates harmony with the surrounding area and evolves with the environment as time unfolds. In addition to the aesthetic features, there is minimal time and expense involved in maintaining weathered finishes.
MYTH #2 Timber facades always involve large areas
It is sometimes thought that large surface areas are inevitable when it comes to timber facades. This can generate apprehension about the amount of maintenance required for the upkeep of large volumes of timber over the life-cycle of the building, but the beauty of timber is that sometimes “less is more”.
The great thing about modular timber lining systems is that they can be effectively used as accents, in areas with limited exposure to the elements. Eaves and soffits are excellent examples of timber applied in an exterior application ways that maximises aesthetics and minimises maintenance, by using them in visually-striking areas that are sheltered from exposure.
MYTH #3 Timber is a conventional finish with limited application
Timber linings give designers freedom to explore. Timber complements a range of options within the materials palette, and it’s a mistake to assume the stereotype of the “wooden box”. The unique design of modular systems creates unlimited scope for adventurous designers to conceive low-maintenance applications with striking visual impact.
One way that designers have chosen to literally “think outside the box” is in the use of transparent facades. As a low-maintenance option, glass facades allow the beauty of the timber to be seen from the outside, without any of the issues related to weathering and exposure to the elements.
Debunking myths about timber maintenance and highlighting the versatility of modular lining systems can help overcome client objections. Offering the unique beauty of wood and unlimited design freedom, there are many low-maintenance options that balance practical and aesthetic considerations.