Timber has been used for construction, windows and doors and for the manufacture of furniture and other products for centuries around the world. However, for some strange reason, it can still get a bad rep when it deserves the complete opposite. This bad reputation all comes from nothing more than myths, misconceptions and hearsay and we are here to debunk them.
The four most common misconceptions regarding timber are as follows:
- Timber Brings Fire Risks
Now, we thought that we would start with the most obvious one first and this is one that we can at least understand where people are coming from. Wood burns, in fact, we as humans have always used it to burn as a source of heat or for cooking our food.
While wood does burn, it is actually safer in a fire than many other materials. It burns and chars at a much lower rate than some materials and is also less susceptible to melting or collapsing. Furthermore, modern timbers are treated with fire retardants which are designed to prolong the life of wood when in a fire.
- Timber is Weaker Than Other Materials
Another popular misconception is that when compared to stone, steel and some other materials, is that timber is weaker. Again, we have to disagree. For one, there are various different types of wood that are used in construction that have varying strengths. Secondly, modern treatments can be used to maximise the strength of timber as well as improve its other capabilities.
It’s a poor argument to make anyway, simply because if timber was as weak as these people think – it just wouldn’t be used in modern construction or for windows and doors. Well, it is because it is a strong and versatile material.
- Timber is Not Ideal in Harsh Weather Conditions
One of the more laughable misconceptions regarding timber is that it cannot cope with harsher conditions compared to other materials. Once again, this is as far away from the truth as you can get. In actual fact, not only is timber a natural insulator and therefore ideal for both hot and cold conditions, but its flexibility also means that its better suited to cope with other weather such as strong winds.
- Timber is Prone to Rot
Whether used as a construction material or in windows or doors, timber also gets an unfair reputation of excessively prone to rotting. In the world we live in today, this is simply not true. When treated correctly, wood can last for years, decades even. In fact, there are numerous examples where timber windows have lasted for longer than a century when looked after correctly.
The Bottom Line
Timber is and will continue to be one of the most popular materials whether used for sash windows, casements and doors, or for furniture. While there are some other materials that also have strengths and advantages, we should not let a few misconceptions make us think that timber is anything other than a solid choice of material.