Since time immemorial, wood has been used for building homes and interiors of homes. Though a lot of people think of wood as less durable than many other materials like cement and steel, etc., in reality, wood comes with some amazing features and benefits that is difficult to find in other materials.
It is interesting to note that wood offers 5X more insulation than concrete and 350X more insulation than steel. No wonder it is a preferred material for building homes in cold climates. Wood is also far less harmful to the environment than many construction materials like cement.
Procuring Construction-Grade Wood
Some say that to procure wood, trees are cut down. Here’s the thing.
Most of the commercial wood used for construction purposes gets obtained from trees grown to generate commercial wood and these trees grow back. An average tree from which wood is obtained can grow in 15-20 years. Some even in 7-10 years. In addition, the carbon footprint of wood- based products for many construction applications is far lower than other alternatives.
Also, no harmful chemicals or heavy machinery are used to grow wood. All you have to do is sow a seed or sapling on a decently fertile piece of land, water it regularly, and make sure that it is not eaten by animals or insects, and within a few years, a healthy tree grows without side effects.
On the other hand, land used for mining to get cement, copper or aluminium may lay waste for decades. Additionally, to run mining operations, the local flora and fauna get badly damaged. Many international NGOs working in the field of environment preservation recommend wood-based construction.
Is Wood Durable?
Whether or not wood is durable and safe from termites and corrosion depends on the quality of the wood. Most wood species do not corrode easily, and many varieties of wood are naturally termite resistant.
Consider this – houseboats used extensively for centuries have stood on water for generations and never had an issue. Several ancient buildings made of wood have survived for centuries confirming that when used correctly, wood is solid and can serve you for decades, even centuries.
Massive Innovation in Wood Products
The wood industry has seen some massive innovations over the years. In London, an entire 11 story building has been built without using steel and cement. A engineered wood product called cross-laminated timber (CLT) was used and there is even news of glass made of wood.
In India, we are still using the age-old varieties of wood, but when high-quality wood is used for your woodwork, and procured from the proper channels, you can enjoy long-lasting solutions at home as well as at your workplace.
Duro offers a vast range of Plywood, Blockboards, Flush Doors & Veneer that can be fully customized to help you turn your design concept into a reality. If you are looking for reliable plywood products to serve you well for years to come, contact the team at DURO today.