Wood has been a renewable resource for construction for as long as we have Man’s recorded history. In fact, it is second only to stone as a building material used for over thousands of years. It’s advantage as a renewable natural resource make it readily available and economically feasible, an environmentally sustainable product that is also biodegradable. Of all the comparable building materials used today, it carries the lowest carbon footprint. Wood has a remarkably high strength to weight ratio, and is highly machinable, making it practical for any number of construction needs.
Wood properties offer several benefits that make it ideal for use in a wide array of construction projects. The thermal properties of wood give it an advantage in terms of its resistance to high temperatures. Unlike steel, which can expand or even collapse in high heat, wood actually dries out and becomes stronger as the heat increases. In addition, the heat conductivity of wood is relatively low in comparison to other materials such as aluminum, marble, steel, or glass. This gives wood an advantage in terms of being used in a number of applications.
The acoustic properties of wood enable it to absorb sound, making it a favorite material of choice for the construction of structures where proper acoustics is important, such as band shells and amphitheater structures. Another important characteristic of wood is its tensile strength, which is its ability to bend under pressure without breaking. Wood is exceptionally light in proportion to its tensile strength, making it the preferred construction choice for spanning from support-to-support. Tensile strength is also one of the main reasons for choosing timber as a building material; its remarkably strong qualities make it the perfect choice for heavy-duty building materials such as engineered structural beams.
Wood is a unique and amazingly versatile product. Its aesthetic appeal, tensile strength and ease of fabrication make it a popular choice for use in a wide array of construction applications.