About Our Timbers
Slatted Screen Fencing provide a range of products using timbers that have been ethically sourced, are of the highest quality and are FSC and PEFC certified. This has allowed our base of loyal customers to work on projects that will look amazing for an impressive lifespan!
What is FSC?
FSC provides a world forest certification system that is split over two main components:
- Forest Management
- Chain of Custody
FSC also licenses retailers and other end users to promote FSC labelled products, without holding FSC certification.
The FSC system allows businesses and consumers to identify, purchase and use wood, paper and other forestry products made with materials from well-managed forests and/or recycled sources. For more information please see the FSC website here.
What is PEFC?
Regardless of company size, more and more businesses along the timber value chain are looking to demonstrate that all forest-based materials within their portfolio has been ethically obtained from legal and sustainable sources.
Some are doing so in response to legislation and regulatory requirements, others realise the benefits of delivering sustainability assurances on products to address environmental, social and ethical concerns. Regardless of the motivation, the preferred tool for companies to demonstrate legal and sustainable sourcing of forest products is PEFC Chain of Custody certification. For more information please view the PEFC website here.
Slatted Screen Fencing work with three timber options;
- Canadian Red Cedar
- Siberian Larch
- Tanalised Timber (Pressure Treated Timber)
Canadian Red Cedar – (Western Red Cedar)
Cedar is a premium product that can be applied to a wide range of building projects due to the stylish, durable and versatile qualities. Cedar has been in use for over 8000 years which is a testament to ‘tried and tested’.
The main benefits of cedar can be found below;
- Stunning Colour
- Longevity – 30 – 40 years life expectancy
- Durability – Will not rot, warp and is naturally resistant to bacteria and insect damage
- Low-Maintenance – Can be oiled to maintain the deep reddish colour or allowed to age producing a stunning silver-tone
- Sustainable – Cedar is one of the most sustainable timbers on the market today due to reforestation.
For more information on Cedar please view our ‘Know your wood – Cedar’ section.
Despite being classed as a softwood, Siberian Larch trees are very slow growing in comparison to other timbers. This slow growth makes the timber really dense as it takes around 15 years for a Siberian Larch to grow to maturity. If you think that the average Siberian Larch averages 20-40 metres high with an average diameter of 1 metre, that’s a lot of strength going into it’s timber over that period - at a rate of 1-2 metres a year.
Larch is also a favoured material to use in construction projects due to a wide range of benefits, a few of which are mentioned below;
- Natural Resistance – Naturally resistant to rotting, warping and insect damage
- Durable – Fence panels have an average life expectancy of 20 years
- Affordable – Siberian Larch is a cheaper alternative to timber
For more information on our Siberian Larch products please see our ‘Know Your Wood – Larch’ section.
Pressure Treated Timber
Our products are also available in tanalised timber (also known as pressure-treated). 'Pressure-Treated' timber has been penetrated with a preserving solution under high vacuum pressure. This treatment ensures a deep penetration into the cells of the timber that gives a longer-lasting protective result. This makes the timber resistant against rotting, fungal decay and insect damage.
Pressure-treated timber is leach resistant and provides all customers with an impressive lifespan, one that is well equipped to deal with a wide range of conditions that the British weather produces.
- Durable - Pressure treated timber is far more durable than untreated timber and can withstand the elements much more!
- Resistant Qualities - Pressure treated timber will stand the test of time, especially if treated with our wood protection products. The impressive resistance to fungal decay and insect/pest damage also makes this an incredibly popular option.
- Low-Maintenance - The pressure treated process gives our products a much longer lifespan than that of untreated timbers.
- Affordable - The stylish design of the pressure treated range looks just as good as larch and cedar, especially when stained to colour preference. This is our most affordable material yet one that is incredibly popular with both residential and commercial customers.
For more information on our tanalised products please see our ‘Know Your Wood – Pressure-Treated’ section.