THERMALLY MODIFIED KNOT-FREE PINE – BEAUTIFUL AND DURABLE
Our Benchmark range wall cladding made of thermally modified Radiata pine is knotless and has a beautiful golden brown tone. Each board is special, having its own unique grain pattern. In addition to making the wood aesthetically pleasing, thermal modification gives it higher dimensional stability and increases the biological durability of the wood. This is important when using the wood outdoors. When correct installation techniques have been used, thermally modified Radiata pine is resistant to rot for up to 25 years. To ensure better durability, we recommend treating wall cladding made of Radiata pine prior to installation with oil or paint on all four sides.
We offer various profiles, including profiles for concealed fixing, ensuring a flawless finish and making cladding installation super easy.
Thermally modified wood is a natural, durable and environmentally friendly choice.
High durability and beautifully knotless
Our Benchmark Radiata pine adorns both homes and public spaces
Why choose Benchmark Radiata Pine wall cladding?
- Choose wall cladding made of thermally modified Radiata pine if you desire knotless softwood that would also last outdoors.
- Thermal modification increases the biological durability of Radiata pine (class 2), which is extremely important outdoors.
- Thermally modified wood has a lower moisture absorption capability and rate and less moisture-induced deformation as a result. It is therefore a great choice for outdoor use.
- Thermal modification adds a beautiful golden brown tone to Radiata pine.
- In addition to being durable, our thermally modified Radiata pine is environmentally friendly as thermal modification is chemical-free and the waste generated is not harmful to the environment.
Additional options for flawless finish and easy installation
Radiata pine is a knotless coniferous tree.
Radiata pine or insignis pine (Pinus radiata) is a coniferous tree of the pine family in the genus Pinus.
It is grown in plantations in New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Spain and other regions to obtain knotless wood. The trees are typically pruned twice during their growth period, removing the lower branches so the tree would grow a knotless layer.
Radiata pine is very fast-growing, achieves cutting maturity early and is of high quality. However, due to its quick growth this wood is lighter, softer and more porous than the common pine.
Radiata pine is well-suited for thermal modification, becoming more durable and stable in the course of the process and acquiring a beautiful golden brown colour. We offer wall cladding and panelling made of Radiata pine in our Benchmark range, suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
The colour of the wood will change over the course of time
Thermal modification makes the natural tone of Radiata pine cladding a beautiful golden brown. A brushed finish will further highlight the depth and pattern of the wood.
As with any other wood, the surface of thermally modified Radiata pine will acquire a natural silver grey colour over time. This process starts immediately after the products are installed and can take a few months to several years depending on how much UV light they are exposed to. The durability of the boards is not affected.
If you would like to preserve the tone of thermally modified wood, we recommend oiling the boards once a year using a UV-resistant oil.
Wall cladding maintenance To oil or not to oil?
Thermally modified wall cladding does not necessarily require surface treatment. However, for Radiata pine we recommend oiling the boards prior to installation on all four sides using UV-resistant oil and repeating the oiling process on the external surface every 3 years. The oil should be applied only to clean, level, dust-free surfaces. Before applying oil to the whole cladding, test it on a small piece of wood using a small quantity of oil. Observe the oil manufacturer’s instructions.
Three recommendations for installing Benchmark Radiata Pine wall cladding
The right installation techniques are extremely important to make your panelling last for a long time.
- For the substructure, we recommend using joists of thermally modified pine of durability class 2. This way the substructure will endure just as long as the panelling itself.
- Choose PaCS Clad or B1-1 clip fastenings to create a facade without screw-holes and visible screws.
- By choosing wall cladding with matching tongue-and-groove ends, you can install boards of different lengths with the least possible time, material costs and labour input. Any two boards do not necessarily have to meet directly over a joist.