Benefits Of Choosing Natural Timber Mouldings

Guest post by Sarah Morris

Mouldings are commonly used to add beauty and character to windows, doors, and rooms within your home.

These mouldings usually have surfaces that are both convex as well as concave with integrated angles and planes to create a unique appearance.

If you’re wondering about moulding materials to use for your home, then you should definitely consider the use of natural timber, such as FJ Pine timber mouldings.

Here are six benefits of using natural timber mouldings:

1. Natural Insulation

Timber mouldings can act as a natural insulation that provides a barrier between cold and heat.

Wood has many air pockets inside its cellular structure that makes it a lightweight insulator.

Home designs that focus on energy efficiency can significantly benefit from natural timber as it contributes to minimizing energy use and maximizing comfort.

The thermal properties of natural timber also maximize the effectiveness of insulation materials because wood does not dissipate heat or become cold, thus requiring less nonrenewable energy to maintain the desired temperature in your home.

2. Burns Slow

Although natural timber is a flammable material, it also burns in a predictable, slow, and measurable way.

In regard to these factors, natural timber, performs better in the event of a fire, when compared to other flammable construction materials. 

In the event of a fire, timber will form a layer of charcoal on its surface that provides fire resistance to the material.

The charcoaled surface acts as an insulator to the timber’s inner core that delays the penetration of heat, keeping temperatures low in unburned materials and allowing timber to hold its weight longer than other materials.

The protective surface also reduces the overall flammability of timber.

This self-defense mechanism of natural timber will enable it to survive fires while maintaining its stability and strength. 

3. Environment-Friendly Production

The manufacturing process of timber mouldings uses considerably less nonrenewable energy per unit volume than aluminum, PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride), and MDF (Medium-Density Fibreboard), reducing the amount of pollution generated during the process.

A home with one cubic meter of timber in place of other materials such as aluminum, PVC, and MDF can save up to 1 tonne of toxic greenhouse gasses.

4. Renewable and Natural

Timber mouldings are one of the only few renewable and natural building materials you can use in your home.

The processes involved in harvesting and forest regeneration for the production of timber ensures that the material will be continuously available in the market.

When a single tree is harvested, it will be replaced by up to ten trees, thus creating a renewable cycle.

Timber as a natural resource is considered safe to touch, handle, and is non-toxic.

Additionally, it doesn’t break down into environmentally toxic materials and naturally ages with time. 

5. Greenhouse Positive

Timber mouldings are carbon positive products with lower environmental effects when compared to other materials, such as aluminum, PVC, and MDF.

It contributes to the long-term reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. 

With forest regeneration, growing trees absorb carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and stores it inside their leaves, trunks, and branches.

In fact, almost half of the dry weight of a tree is composed of carbon.

The carbon is stored throughout its lifetime and retained even after the manufacturing process. 

6. Improve Well-Being and Health

Wood can have a positive effect on your health.

Exposure to wooden interiors and products creates the same health benefits as spending quality time in nature, as people are innately drawn towards it.

If you spend a lot of time indoors, bringing nature inside your home can positively affect your well-being and health.

Here are some of the health benefits of using natural timber as building materials:

      • Improved emotional state and self-complacency
      • Enhanced comfort and warmth
      • Lower stress levels, heart rate, and blood pressure
      • Improved air quality and breathing

Being surrounded by wood can also have a positive effect on people’s opinions and attitudes, such as:

      • Persons living in assisted living facilities communicate more with each other.
      • Most workers prefer a workplace with wooden desks and chairs.
      • Classrooms that feature wooden materials positively improves students’ stress levels and heart rates.

Closing Thoughts

Timber mouldings come in a wide variety of shades, finishes, and styles so it’s easy to look for something you’d like.

From light-colored pine to deep mahoganies, there’s a lot of varieties to choose from.

Whether it’s for your home or business, timber mouldings can be utilized to enhance and improve the look of walls, doors, and windows to bring a certain allure and elegance.

 

For All Wall Fixing Enthusiasts

This is art!

Well I saw it in the Christchurch Art Gallery so it must be art!

It looks like 3 wall plugs with a screw in the one on the left. . . . . but lets hear what the Art Gallery says;

Things aren’t always quite what they seem. Susan Collis creates small, subversive rips in the institutional façade, offering unexpected payoffs for close attention.

Here, faced with a bare wall punctured by three rawlplugs and a single screw, her triumphant title is strangely incongruous.

Was a work left in storage by mistake? . . . Removed for repairs? . . . Stolen?

In fact, what looks accidental, even shoddy, is carefully calculated – those unsightly plugs contain delicate turquoise inlays, while the ‘forgotten’ screw is cast in 18-carat white gold, set with a sparkling white sapphire.

It’s an elegant ruse, honouring the messy, essential work that goes on behind the scenes to keep the illusion of the Gallery’s white cube intact and also reminding us that what we value often depends entirely on perspective.

Size isn’t everything, and treasure can be found in unexpected places.

 

For more unusual photos, and Fails, check out What the………………….?

 

How Does Activated Carbon Filter Water?

Guest post by Trent Anderson

Most water treatment plants around the world use a combination of filters and chemicals to remove debris and harmful bacteria from the water before it is piped to your home.

This is standard practice and has led to a huge debate on the use of chemicals, although the basic fact is that the water is safe when it leaves the treatment centre.

If you have any concerns regarding the chemicals in the water or any odour and taste that may be picked up on its way to you, then you should consider Sydney water filters.

The rising awareness of environmental effects on the human body has prompted many people to install a water filter in their home.

In fact, in 2006 26% of households were using a water filter and that figure is certain to have increased by today.

But, before you install your own water filter it is important to discover what the filter is and how it works.

Activated Carbon

By far the most common type of water filter is activated carbon.

Carbon is actually the same chemical as charcoal, which has been used for centuries as an effective water filter.

Activated carbon occurs when the charcoal is treated with oxygen which opens hundreds of microscopic holes
in the carbon.

The process itself involves placing the carbon in a tank without oxygen and heating it to 900° C.

It is then bombarded with argon and nitrogen before being placed in another tank with steam, oxygen
and heated to 1200°C.

Why Activating It Is Important

By activating the carbon, the surface area is greatly increased so any liquid will flow round and through the carbon and will be forced to touch the surface at some point.

This is why activated carbon is effective at treating water; every molecule of water will come into contact with the  activated carbon.

Activated carbon is excellent at adsorbing odorous or even colored substances from liquids and gases.

When the water passes through the activated carbon these negative items are attracted to the carbon and stick to it.

The water continues through becoming purer in the process.

Of course carbon cannot attract every single molecule on the planet, but the ones it does attach are usually the ones you are trying to remove from your water.

These include chlorine and other organic chemicals.
Non organic chemicals such as sodium and nitrates are not attracted to the carbon and so pass straight through.

Time Limit

Activated carbon is so effective because it has thousands of tiny pores to increase the surface and capture the unwanted chemicals.

However, once all these pores are full it will no longer be effective and must be replaced.

This is why it is essential to monitor your activated carbon filter and replace it when necessary.

Whatever your thoughts on using a water filter, if you dislike the taste and odour it is worth considering.

Worst Service Trench!

This horrible piece of workmanship is just round the corner from me!

How would it have been to:

  • At the very minimum used a straight edge when cutting the concrete?
  • Made a cut parallel to the existing joints in the concrete?
  • Do some planning and either put a duct under the concrete, or wait until the service were in before laying the driveway?

Make sure you have planned for all your services before .he driveway is constructed.

For more Unusual House Photos, Wins, and Fails, have a look at: What the………………….?