Solutions for the most frequent fears concerning wood

A rounding-up of our team’s methods, that balances out the most widely-known problems that wood has.

Wood is an excellent structural element and withstands earthquakes really well

Wood is very strong and durable

Earthquakes can’t be foreseen, but their effect can be prevented through careful planning and maximum optimization. Countries such as Japan, where the loss would be huge without these measures, dedicate time to research and develop technology for timber frame buildings. Earthquakes cause losses in the following situation: as the seismic waves propagate, their vibrations are transmitted to buildings (and other objects) on the affected medium or terrain. This local acceleration, along with the mass of the construction, turns into inertia. It’s like being in a car when it leaves suddenly. The heavier the building, the bigger the loss. Wooden houses behave so well during an earthquake simply because they are so light, but also because wood is elastic. Moreover, due to their very structure, these buildings allow for the forces to be unloaded in such a way that makes them very resistant to the seismic force.

Wood does not get attacked by woodworms if it’s correctly treated

The initial treatment eliminates these issues.

You should know right from the start that each wood piece used for our buildings is treated against moist, fungi and insects.

Fungi can grow due to rain and moist variations, but this threat can be overcome even from the incipient phase of the project by drying it really well (in an assisted and controlled manner). Insects, on the other hand, attack the bark. In our projects, the bark is not used at all. We eliminate, therefore, the source of this problem right from the beginning.

If by exception, the wood is attacked by pests, they can be eliminated from any spot, even after finalization, with specific treatment.

If properly dried, wood doen't lose its endurance and doesn't crack

Proper drying or glueing smaller profiles maintain the wood’s resistance.

The main reason why these cracks appear is the drying process that oftentimes involves too sudden and too big moist variations. But the wood used at Dimmer is dried in a controlled and assisted manner in industrial dryers, that do not allow these variations to happen. Moreover, it’s possible to use multi-layered wood by glueing smaller profiles. Thus, even if cracks do occur, they will be small and insignificant.

A wooden building is no more fire-prone than concrete or metal buildings

Wood burns very slowly

Likely the biggest fear concerning wood is that it can burn real quick. Not only is the wood’s burning speed very slow (0.70 mm/minute), but its behavior to fire is very unexpected: after a few dozens of minutes, soot settles and it no longer allows the fire to disperse. Moreover, wood allows for the use of various fireproof treatments that slow down the burning process even more. And if you fear that the building will fall during a fire, you have to know that, depending on the structure’s section dimensions, the house will still be standing even after one hour of burning.

The worst fears regarding wood actually show some unexpected possibilities. Asa building material, it behaves excellently where you’d least expect it. That’s why we believe wood is amazing.

Wood burns very slowly

Wood’s burning speed is 0.70 mm/minute

Steel changes shape and curves

When it reaches 800 degrees Celsius, steel changes shape and loses half of its resistance.

Concrete degrades when it burns

During a fire, the concrete cracks exfoliate and leave the fixture exposed.

A well-made insulation solves noise problem and the wood no longer creaks

From mineral wool to rubber or felt, there are countless insulation solutions to solve the noise issue.

There is a fear of noise that we understand: whoever has been in an old wooden house or a mountain cabin knows that the walls and wooden floors allow the sound to pass through very easily. Moreover, a lot of them creak at the smallest step. Wood in its own right can allow the sound to pass through. A wooden floor creaks because there are two pieces that touch each other. The solution to these problems lies within the insulation. This can be done with rubber, felt, mineral wool and many others for the floors and with thermal insulation materials added to the walls’ thickness.

When properly treated, wood does not rot and the house maintains its resistance

Proper treatment against moist and a controlled drying process can solve this problem.

Moist variations are the main reasons that wood decay can happen. But this appears also because of the contact with vegetal soil or organic matter. That’s why there are solutions specially created for protecting the wood when it makes contact with the soil or water, such as applying an under pressure treatment to it.