Wooden structures in the sea such as pontoons, piers, jetties and so on are living proof of the soundness of wood as a material for the structure and finishing of outdoor applications. Almost constantly in contact with salt water and subject to biting wind and high UV densities. The wood may well turn grey, but it lasts for decades, which makes it a super-material.
When is wood considered durable?
Natural durability of wood is categorised in five durability classes, ranging from 1 (highly durable) to 5 (not durable). We exclusively use species meeting the requirements of durability Class I. This means that, when exposed to normal outdoor conditions, these last for at least 50 years! In principle, only tropical hardwoods such as Iroko and Jatoba fall into this category, but the thermal treatment process of our H.O.T.wood upgrades it to durability Class I level.