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Floors Timber flooring

External joinery (including windows and doors)

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

Lunawood ThermoWood

P

P

P

P

P

P

Durawood®

P

P

ThermoWood® D

P

P

Plato®WOOD

P

Brimstone

Boat decks

P

P

Bridges

Glulam P

P

Canal linings

Interior furniture P

ThermoWood® S

Decking

P

Cladding

P

Interior joinery

Flooring

Fences or deck posts

End use

Garden furniture

Modification brand

Thermal modification

® ®

Natural Cladding

®

UT* P

P P

P

Chemical modification

Accoya®

P

P

Tricoya® (MDF)

P

P

Kebony

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

®

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

UT*

P

Impregnation

LigniaTM XD® Organowood®

P

P

P

*UT Under Test

Table 1: Current uses for various modified woods

Conclusion It would be short-sighted to curtail the use of thermally modified woods given their characteristics of increased durability and stability. For suitable uses, see Table 1. However, not all innovations are necessarily suited to all types of applications and over-zealous promotion of technological innovations without adequate research-based knowledge may result in damage to consumer confidence. These product innovations present a golden opportunity in the wood floor covering sector to extend the use, versatility and improvement of the overall perception of wood as a floor covering. New ideas are vital for the survival of commercial concerns since they enable industry to better adapt to changes in the marketplace. However, as with all new developments, the industry should be aware that such innovations, without adequate research, may equally become a Pandora’s box fraught with problems borne of rapid change. n www.trada.co.uk

About the author

Peter Kaczmar Senior Technical Consultant BM TRADA

Further information • Kaczmar, P., Wood flooring: a guide to installation, ISBN 978-1-900510-656, TRADA Technology Ltd, 2009 • WIS 2/3-63 Modified wood products, Exova BM TRADA, 2017

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