For over 17 years Pendlewood has always strived to adhere to the highest possible standards when dealing with the environment. We are proud to be an eco-friendly company who really does care about our planet and as a result we always use timber that comes from sustainably managed forests.
At Pendlewood we want to leave a legacy for future generations and are 100% determined and committed to doing so; Instead of following a standard, we want to set the standard.
In order to ensure that we continue to have the highest standards possible we have decided to self-regulate our own policy. As a result we guarantee that our timber and environmental standards will at a minimum match those of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), UKWAS and the Pan European Forest Council. Indeed, where possible, we aim to have a higher level of responsible forestry.
Our passion at Pendlewood is to deliver the highest quality products from sustainably managed timber - and where possible, locally produced timber. This is because locally produced timber is truly sustainable and we are then able to strictly observe the re-forestation of our local plantations. Indeed our locally produced timber can be traced from the day of planting to the dignified end of its first life.
Here at Pendlewood we even have developed our own planking and air-drying facilities for our timber, so that it is seasoned naturally and avoids placing any additional, unnecessary strain on the environment.
Here is a quick glossary of the type of timber we use here at Pendlewood:
Locally Produced Timber: At Pendlewood our timber originates from within a 20-mile radius from our workshop.
Reclaimed Timber: This is normally from demolition sites. Reclaimed timber is usually seasoned for many years and is from an age when timber was allowed the time to mature naturally.
Sustainably Produced Timber: This is timber that is guaranteed to have come from a well managed plantation. For more information on timber specifications and alternative timbers, please contact us and we will be pleased to share some of our experience with you.
Street Timber: Street trees play an important part in our timber supplies. These trees are usually only removed as a last resort, usually due to redevelopment or at the natural end of their life.
The main timbers we use are:
Due to Environmental reasons we choose to use sustainable Redwood. This is one of the hardest softwoods available and is suitable for exterior usage. It has a natural resilience, and the introduction of the preservative Tanalith E helps this timber have a greater life span than some hardwoods - without the negative environmental impact associated with exotic hardwoods.
Redwood timber is fully grown in 50 years. It is also harvested and replanted in 50% of the time that it takes a hardwood tree to reach maturity. All redwood used by Pendlewood is harvested from sustainable forests.
Tanalith E Pressure Treated Timber:
The treated timber that Pendlewood supply is pressure treated Tanalith E.
Tanalith E conforms to the efficacy requirements of BS EN 599-1:19997, and is treated in accordance with the penetration and retention guidance given in BS EN 351-1:1996 to give a desired service life in the selected hazard class as defined in BS EN 335-1:11992.
- Low maintenance
- No varnishing or further treatments required
- Long life product
- Eco friendly preservative
- A truly sustainable timber
- All edges rounded for safety
- All surfaces smooth to touch
- No copper chromic arsenic trace elements
General: The Oak we source is predominantly home grown and is often slow, of even growth, uniformed in colour and straight in grain and that includes the Oak we source from England, which also tends to be of a harder and tougher nature.
Weight: This will vary according to origin and character of growth obviously. But, our Oak sourced locally averages at about 720kg/m3. This density makes it extremely durable, therefore increasing the timber's longevity. The Oak also has an approximate moisture content of 12% - a low moisture content means that the timber is also unlikely to suffer severe movement and cracks once machined.
Durability: Oak is one of the most durable hardwood timbers in the trade and with permeable sapwood once treated the treatments are absorbed into the timber and it becomes highly resistant to rot and the general weathering process is reduced by a significant amount.
Iroko, a Western African hardwood, is another very popular hardwood used within the external works industry.
Its strength is demonstrated by its wide usage on a variety of products, from decking to benches. One of the most durable timbers there is; Iroko is a close member of the teak family.
The weight varies according to character and growth, but on average weighs 660 kg/m3 when dried.