The UK has some of the most eye catching architectural joinery in the world. You can find numerous heritage buildings with stunning features made of timber. For example you can see staircases, windows and their frames, doors, columns, and even panelling and floors.
There are many reasons why people love to preserve these timber features. In some cases it is to retain the character and heritage of the building. This is common when the structure is from a specific period or the timbers showcase certain techniques. There is also the fact that, as timber ages, it gains patina and looks even more beautiful.
What causes architectural joinery to deteriorate?
The thing about timber is high quality hardwood can last for several lifetimes. Sadly though there are a number of things that can cause it to wear much faster than it should. The most common ones are:
Sunlight – the UV rays can damage the lignin, in turn allowing the cell walls to break down. As a result the timber can lose gloss and elasticity, and change colour.
Biological decay – dry rot occurs when fungi grows on the timber and causes it to break down. Pests can also damage timbers.
Water – if timber gets too wet it can dramatically affect its mechanical properties. For example, as the moisture level rises timbers will lose stiffness and strength. Spills and water leaks can force moisture into wood.
Temperature fluctuations – timber expands and contracts when temperatures rise and fall. This can lead to warping and various other issues.
Fire or smoke – everybody knows that timber is flammable. Smoke can also damage it, leaving a sooty, dirty layer behind.
Physical or mechanical damage – poor handling and cleaning timber incorrectly can also damage it.
Order beautiful products
At Wood & Wisdom we offer the highest quality architectural joinery. The range of items we can create is very large, but more importantly we can offer bespoke pieces to suit any need. We can even recreate a style from a specific period.
Whatever you want, we will design and manufacture it in-house. We can then install the piece for you, ensuring the correct handling. Finally, we can offer advice about protecting the joinery. If you want to find out more, contact us today.