Wood

You get a lasting, beautiful and warm surface from wood. Wood exudes tradition, but it also represents modernity and
the future. It is an ecological, renewable and completely recyclable material. It does not need to be transported from
far away, and it binds and releases moisture from air in the room. By choosing wood as a material, you preserve
nature for future generations.

Wood exudes quality of life

Wood provides interiors with an eye-pleasing surface that feels comfortable. Wood improves the quality of life in many ways:

  • As an upholstery material, wood is warm and aesthetic.
  • A wood surface senses the humidity of the air in the room and balances it by absorbing humidity and releasing it back into the room. Wood helps keep the relative humidity at an ideal level.
  • The structure of wood supports the realization of good acoustics.
  • Wood is long lasting. Wood is easy to care for and easy to renovate.
  • Wood is also inexpensive. It is suitable as both an interior material and a construction material.

Using wood is a responsible choice

As a construction material, wood is a responsible choice. Because of its renewability and recyclability, wood will never run out and it supports sustainable development. Even though it is constantly being cut from forests, the volume of wood in Finland’s forests is currently greater than it was, for example, in the 1970s.

Wood is also a good insulation material. The insulation properties of wood is 12 times greater than concrete, 400 times greater than steel and 1,500 times greater than aluminum. Wood can also be easily worked, and building with wood does not require the large machinery necessary for building with concrete. This decreases the amount of energy used for construction. In addition, wood is suitable for construction, despite its light weight. In relation to its weight, wood is stronger than any other raw material. Besides being ecological, wood is also a lasting choice as a construction material.

Excellent for exterior cladding

Wood can also be used to create impressive-looking exterior walls. Exterior cladding in wood is popular for many reasons including ecology, ease of use, affordability, durability and reproducibility. It is important to remember the following points when choosing the correct paneling:

  • Choose paneling according to the type of application. UTS-HS panel is best for vertical paneling. UTV-HS and UTK-HS are most suitable for horizontal paneling.
  • Choose a sufficiently thick panel; the recommended thicknesses are 23 mm or 28 mm. Thicker and wider panels tolerate wear better than thinner panels.
  • Remember quality in the choice you make! Use an outer sheathing board made of core material.
  • An industrially-primed exterior finishing board is a good choice. It speeds up construction and saves construction costs. After installation, you can paint the top coat right away. Industrial priming also provides protection against sunlight and rain.

Wood is a carbon dioxide drain

When fossil fuels are burned, the carbon stored in them is released back into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is the most significant greenhouse gas and its presence in the atmosphere has steadily increased. As they grow, trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere into themselves. Each new cubic meter of wood absorbs about 200 kilograms of carbon from the air. A forest in the growth stage is a good carbon dioxide drain. In the renewal of full-grown forests, carbon is removed from circulation and carbon absorption accelerates as the new generation of trees begins to grow. The more wood we use, for example, in construction, the more carbon is taken out of circulation.

Wood is also a local material, which does not require transportation from far-away locations. Because of its light weight, its transportation costs are minimal. Wood is also easy to work, which lessens the amount of energy used in construction. Building with wood does not require the large machinery necessary for building with concrete or steel, for example.

Source: “From Trees to Refined Products,” a publication of the Finnish Forest Association