Beyond its undeniable aesthetic appeal, wood as a building material offers a number of advantages. Let’s discover the exceptional properties of this noble, living material.
Wood is so popular as a building material primarily because of its aesthetic appeal, but also because of its exceptional properties, which make it a material of many uses:
Thanks to its insulating properties, wood is a great energy saver, retaining heat in winter and preventing heat from penetrating the structure in hot weather. By way of comparison, wood is 12 times more insulating than concrete and reduces heating costs by 20% in the average home. Wood also helps to combat the greenhouse effect by acting as a C02 trap, and requires less energy to build than other construction materials such as breeze blocks or aluminium.
Constructing a home or building from wood is a truly ecological and environmentally responsible solution.
Despite all its qualities, wood is a material that remains particularly sensitive to external attack:
If wood is not protected, it will wither over time, causing greying and a change in the appearance of exterior facades, and it will be subject to attack by wood pests.
It is therefore essential to protect wood with preventive treatments, but also to maintain it year after year with curative treatments and protective products.
To protect and maintain wood used as a building material, Alkalis has developed its XILIX and XILIX EXPERT product ranges. These ranges include a wide range of solutions specially designed to protect existing wood from various types of damage:
All these solutions enhance the value of wood and make it highly durable over the long term