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Looks that last: Building with composite timber



Whatever the climate, composite timber is the ideal choice if you want long-lasting cladding, screening and decking

A progressive Queensland-based company has taken a cost-effective and creative approach to building this townhouse development in Ocean Shores, a seaside location on the North Coast of NSW. The company was engaged to build a series of one-bedroom townhouses, which had been sold off the plan to both investors and owner-occupiers.

Built over two stages, the townhouses sit high on the side of a hill and take in views of the coastline just north of the Brunswick River and south of New Brighton Beach. The Marshalls Creek Nature Reserve is on the other side of the road and just a further 200m away, as the crow flies, the Pacific Ocean laps the golden sand.

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It’s a prime location, but one that catches a lot of wind, salt, sun and sand. For all builders, fully understanding the local environmental conditions is critical when choosing materials and with such a punishing coastal environment and a subtropical atmosphere, the external cladding, decking and screening needed for this project had to be very carefully considered. Most importantly, the materials had to weather well over the years and not just look good today.

Hardwood timber could have been considered for the development, but it would have required a great deal of upkeep in such a harsh environment. With the additional subtropical moisture, timber would be highly susceptible to rotting if left untreated. For this reason, the builder chose Futurewood composite timber building products.

Futurewood’s long-lasting EnviroSlat Weatherproof wall cladding was supplied in the colour Slate Grey and the 70mm x 15mm solid screening slats in Saltbush to match the CleverDeck 138mm x 23mm x 5400mm solid composite timber decking boards.

The delivery and installation of the chosen Futurewood composite timber products went according to plan, and the building team was pleased with how easy it was to work with the products, and how much time they saved.

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All of Futurewood’s solid composite timber cladding, screening and decking is made from 90 per cent recycled or reclaimed material. The recycled plastic is mixed with wood fibres and rice husks and the colour is mixed right through each of the boards. In addition to its eco-credentials, Futurewood offers durability and ease of maintenance as the boards will not rot or splinter and there is no ongoing painting or staining required.

From simple screening solutions to the creation of feature walls and contemporary facades, Futurewood’s range of decorative screening and cladding products can help you completely change the look of your home and add considerable value to your property. For more information about the full range of composite timber products, contact Futurewood or visit the website.


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