There are many types of terrace coverings, like in the case of indoor floorings. Ceramics, stone or wood – just a few of the possibilities. Natural wood terrace decking is undoubtedly the favourite of the nature’s lovers, but it is also very popular amongst those, who do not like when the ground becomes too hot under their feet. Our EDELHOLZ Team is fond of providing complex solutions, and we were determined to offer a possibility for the lovers of natural wood to enjoy its beauty on their terrace too. The result is our terrace decking collection. The smooth, flat surface is delicate to touch and gives an elegant look to the different areas of your home, may it be a nice balcony or a large poolside terrace.
Though upon hearing „EDELHOLZ”, oak comes to the mind of most people, the raw material of our terrace decking collection is the ash. The ash we use comes from 100% Hungarian, FSC®-certified forest managements.
Thanks to the thermal modification, the ash develops a harder and more stable structure and thus reacts less to the changes of relative humidity in its environment. This technology offers one more great advantage: wood will be preserved without the application of chemicals, and yet it resists fungal infections. In the process the wood becomes a new, saturated, slightly reddish colour instead of its original light, natural shade. The texture of ash remains on the surface after the thermal modification too, but because of the darker hue, it does not dominate the visual appearance of the terrace boards.
The advantages of oiled terrace decking in comparison to lacquered
The EDELHOLZ Team puts great emphasis on the details, including the surface treatment with plant-based oil. As for all our products, we use also for the treatment of our outdoor coverings only the highest quality natural oils. This way the pores of wood can remain open, letting the wood breathe and live until the end of its life cycle. But why is this type of surface treatment of the terrace decking essential? Outdoor coverings, no matter what they are made of, are exposed to the environment to a greater extent, than their indoor versions. Here we mean not just the solar radiation, the rain and the alternation of cold and warm periods, but also the mechanic impact of walking, playing and grill, so all in all, the impact of active life. An oiled terrace decking is way more resistant to the environment because of its breathability. Oil penetrates deep into the wood, and as a result, the possible surface damages cannot harm the material. In comparison to this, if the lacquer layer on a lacquered surface suffers damages, the moisture can penetrate in the wood and causes erosion. This leads to the ultimate damage of the decking. There is another phenomenon, making the lacquered surface so risky. Lacquer is inflexible, but wood is flexible. As the temperature and the light change during a day, the natural wood reacts to it and starts to move, while the lacquer is unable to do so. The result is the damage of the treated surface. Knowing all these, it not a question anymore, why we recommend oiling the wood terrace decking in every case.
Installation of EDELHOLZ thermowood terrace decking
The EDELHOLZ natural wood terrace decking system was developed to meet the criterion of easy installation. It was an important aspect that the fixing protects the wood from possible damages in the most effective way. Thus, we offer our terrace decking systems in a set with the fixing elements, so the proper quality is ensured.
We fix our wood terrace decking boards on substructure with the help of special clips. The clips are not visible after the successful installation of the terrace decking, they resist the weather and the UV-radiation, so they will keep the boards at their place for long years. The clips have one more great advantage: they enable the flexible changing in each row. For example, if one board suffers such a serious damage, that it has to be changed, there is no need to uninstall the complete terrace decking.
The lifespan of wood terrace decking
The clip fastening system can even prolong the lifespan of the decking boards. If the boards are fixed by screwing, then the moisture could easily penetrate in the wood along the thread of the screw and would damage it. It is important to mention the importance of the substructure too, as it ensures an air gap and thus air movement between the ground and the terrace decking, increasing the lifespan of the latter.
The natural colour change of wood terrace decking
If wood terrace decking is installed in your home, it is good to know, that as time goes by, the colour of the surface will change. Thermally modified wood goes through only natural treatments in our plant, so it will behave as a living material in the form of terrace decking too. Thus, due to the solar radiation, gradually it loses the original reddish-brown colour and develops a pleasant, light grey shade. This metamorphosis is a part of the natural transformations of the wood, and it is an especially beautiful phenomenon too. An important information is that the colour change cannot be prevented using natural surface treatment products. At the same time for us the main value is to offer environmentally friendly and humane solutions to our clients, thus we do not apply synthetic colouring materials and surface treatment agents.
Maintenance of ash wood terrace decking
The regular maintenance is inevitable to preserve the beauty of your ash terrace decking for long years. It does not mean of course, that from now on the terrace decking is about to determine your life. Only once or twice a year you need to spend a little time with it. The clean and care of thermoash terrace coverings is an easy task. The care oil has to be washed into the surface of wood, and that is all. The process is not more complicated than simple mopping, so it can be carried out by yourself. For more information about the maintenance of thermoash terrace decking, please click on this link.
We can help our clients with terrace inspiration ideas too. The experienced EDELHOLZ team can come up with delicate, tasteful solutions even for complicated structural and formal design. Creativity has no limits, and impossible does not exist when it comes to terrace decking ideas. A wooden terrace and some fresh green plants can turn even the smallest balcony into an oasis. In case of larger terraces, with the amazing wooden terrace decking under your feet you can feel that you are on a sailing boat in the middle of the ocean.
Sustainable terrace decking in every detail
We have acquired a reputation for sustainability being our number one value. This is true for our terrace decking collection too. It was from the start evident for our manufactory, that the wood we use should come from local, Hungarian forests, where the responsible management is assured by the international FSC® certification. But environmental awareness appears not just in the renewable raw material of our products. Our terrace decking is treated exclusively with natural oils, thus there is no component in any board that would not decompose naturally after the lifespan of the product. It is a key information for those who stand for the protection of our environment and clean future. Unlike wood plastic composite (WPC) decking, the EDELHOLZ natural wood terrace covering provides you and your family with a long-lasting, renewable, completely biodegradable solution.