Architectural finishes for wood. What to consider early in the design phase.

In my continuing pursuit to seek out wood finishes that perform to my customers expectations when applied to our thermally modified wood I thought it would be of benefit to my readers to share a article that was recently published in the Wood Design and Building Magazine winter edition 2019-20. Sansin’s managing director, Sjoerd Bos, answers some FAQ about architectural finishes for wood.

Enjoy the article. I found it both informative and educational.

Too often, building maintenance – especially where the coating is concerned – is not a consideration during the design phase of a project. But there are many reasons why maintenance of the coating on a wood structure should be considered early in the process. In fact, starting with maintenance in mind will help ensure the enduring beauty and protection of a wood structure that keeps it looking as good as it did on day one.

Sjoerd Bos, Managing Director of Sansin Corporation, has been involved in the maintenance of large, wood commercial structures throughout Europe and North America for the past three decades. As a result, he has fielded many questions regarding maintenance expectations. Mr. Bos believes that the building owner is best served when the right questions are asked to ensure the expectations for wood maintenance are realistic and in line with the exposure, wood type and other factors.

As the use of wood grows, there is increasing expectation of performance over time. It is not enough for the building to just look good at the grand opening. This is why we always counsel architects and builders to develop a coating system with maintenance in mind. Certainly, beauty is one aspect of the project, but how the wood substrates will perform are contingent on exposure to UV and moisture, the color of the finish, the design of the building and the quality of the wood, to name a few. Our goal is to support the architect’s vision of the building design, but also offer advice around how design decisions impact durability and ease of maintenance.

Continue reading article as published in the Wood Design/Building magazine.

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