Timber, also known as lumber, was projected to remain in-demand until the year 2023. Because of the unfortunate halt caused by COVID-19 to the entire global businesses, income per household is affected to great extents. Anticipated housing projects, predicted renovations, and expected GDP were compromised according to Forest2Market.com. And based on previous year’s data, predictions may be treated volatile. As the economy slowly adapts and finds different measures to thrive, demand for timber in a variety of colours survives to make it the most promising element.
Globally, timber is famous for the quality properties that make it possible to serve quite many purposes. Here are some of the uses of timber that would lead us to understand the properties timber uniquely possesses:
This is due to its versatility in appearance characterized by colour, aroma, hardness, and strength.
Approximately 40% of timber is being used in forests as oil and fuel. Depending on the availability of alternatives such as gas, coals, and electricity, demand for timber for fuel differs in each country.
3.Pulp and Paper
Demand for timber in the paper and pulp industry never stopped. This is due to two significant substances named cellulose and lignin.
A growing population would always need housing. There may be those who build with steel and concrete but in building bridges, and perhaps different parts of the house timber is much preferred because it is customizable.
All of these capabilities of timber may be owed to its acoustic and aesthetic qualities. Let’s review what makes it a versatile product.
Its colour may be differentiated with the shades it reflects. The lighter the shade, the weaker the timber reflected. This variation in colour gives consumers a selection of dark brown, golden yellow, and whitish colour.
Houses that own frames made of timber may be perceived lightweight but this custom-made structures cannot be mistaken for being weak and brittle for they are remarkably durable and strong.
This is timber’s best-known quality. It is ecological and sustainable. As timber keeps up with the demands in building houses, most of it is a hardwood which came from the tropical forests, are natural resources that are generally non-toxic. As they age, they do so naturally so they don’t leak chemical vapour into buildings, making it safe for them to touch.
They also grow fast. Even if the whole world demands it, main timber-supplying countries stand by long term policies that are committed into regrowing timber more than cutting it down to use.
Quality timber, known to have the highest strength, can bear heavy loads weighing 500-700 kg/sq.m. While timber is a renewable building material, with proper planning, a timber frame may be cladded into external material that may look like bricks, stones, or original timber panels and could serve as a sustainable timber frame structure. Obtain older timber signified by annular rings. The more rings you see, the stronger it indicates quality.
It also has a bending strength that is also a measure of good quality. This is favourable when using timber in building off-site construction of new homes. With its lightweight property, components in a timber frame weigh less making it possible for users on brownfield sites or sites with challenging land conditions.
Good quality timber always produces good sound because superior quality timber is free from abrasion therefore, it stays solid with no indents.
For thousands of years, people built with timber because of its unique properties. In the construction industry, timber is mainly used as sawn wood, fibreboards, veneers, and plywood. With the cellulose and lignin used as the object for pulping and extracting cellulose from paper, it makes it more versatile at every fibre.