Choices of Wood Substitutes
If you want to pick a type of building materials to use as “wood substitutes” to reduce forest destructions and preserve the Earth’s natural resources, SCG Smartwood is the perfect choice. SCG Smartwood is a synthetic wood that is made specifically as wood substitute. The manufacturer realizes the disadvantages of different types of wood and have developed SCG Smartwood to have better or equivalent features and characteristics as natural wood, minus the weaknesses whenever possible. Let’s have a look at what those characteristics are.
Real wood, or natural wood, is usually used as fascia board or eave liner. When faced with severe changes in the weather, even though natural wood has been through the process of drying they still often get twisted, crooked, or deformed. However, with SCG Smartwood, these problems will not occur because the materials of SCG Smartwood is made of Portland cement mixed with cellulose which means they will not be bent or twisted and stretching of the SCG Smartwood is minimal.
Apart from this, SCG Smartwood is able to withstand moisture and they don’t absorb water, which is the cause of wood decay. Therefore, SCG Smartwood is a suitable wood substitute in the area where the wood is prone to moisture or flooding. Another interesting characteristic of SCG Smartwood, which might be overlooked, is that they are non-flammable. If ever there is fire, the parts of the house built with SCG Smartwood will certainly not act as fuel to the flames.
Natural wood such as pinewood have an average life span of around 5-7 years when being used. The lifespan of these wood types depend on factors such as the degree of perfection of wood processing, chemical treatment, and wood preservative treatment. Also, there’s the weather factor because the life span of wood depends on how much they were in contact with heat and humidity. When compared to SCG Smartwood, which is made in only a single environment, SCG Smartwood will have a lifespan of more than 15 years depending on the properties of the materials used to make them.
Another problem with using natural wood is the termites and moths, because the process of eliminating these bugs will have to begin since the beginning of the house construction. Termite and moth repellant will also need to be applied to the natural wood before being painted over. Even so, these processes do not guarantee that the wood will be free of termites or bugs because when these repellants wear out, termites and insects can still destroy the wood. Replacing natural wood with SCG Smartwood will help reduce the termites and insect problems because SCG Smartwood material is not food for those moths and termites.
The final weakness of natural wood is usually the same weakness as the homeowners, which is the “price”. All homeowners know that price of the natural wood depends on the quality and type of wood. Cheap natural wood means lower quality wood and most high quality wood have very high price. However, SCG Smartwood gives you good quality with a reasonable price and therefore homeowners could control both the quality and cost.
When compared the advantages and weaknesses of natural wood and synthetic wood, we have to admit that many of the excellent features make SCG Smartwood the perfect wood substitute and a new choice of building material for smart homeowners out there.