“Our expertise in timber as a material, and theirs in colour solutions has really pushed the boundaries for architectural creativity, making timber even more attractive.
“We have been working with architects more and more because of the rising demand in customised timber cladding systems for architecturally-designed homes. Wood-X enables them to offer their clients greater choice in the design feel and look,” says Steve.
What’s next? The new trend in timber is for even more creativity!
“Clients, including architects and interior designers, are now asking for a random sequence of boards – let’s say a narrow board then two wide and then medium – for their cladding or internal application,” says Steve.
“We have approximately 3000 profiles to choose from so that really allows a lot of customisation. For example you might have a knotty light timber like DuraLarch that can be bandsawn for a really natural look. Then you coat it in a specific shade oil and mix up the board widths for something unique with a wow factor.
Ironically, the love affair with timber has also seen the laminate market grow, but Steve says that if anything it has made the authentic product more popular.
“Laminates, composites and other artificial products are trying very hard to get the finish to look perfect for internal applications. But the beauty about timber is that it’s not perfect. It is the imperfections and variation of the natural character that makes it so special.”
The demand for wood also means that there are plenty of suppliers out there. Steve warns customers about buying on looks alone.
“There are a number of variables in the manufacture of wood for residential use. If you’re thinking about timber application for your build or renovation, do your homework. It’s a huge investment! Go for a quality brand from a reputable company that has experience and certification, and importantly that controls the whole process from purchasing the raw timber to drying, machining and coating.
“Considering that cedar in a vertical shiplap application is still the most popular design in the country, reputation and certification is important. That’s because vertical shiplap over cavities fall outside of local council building code standards and are seen as an alternative solution.”
Therefore, to meet the requirements of the New Zealand Building Code and to satisfy local council building standards Herman Pacific weatherboards systems have gone through rigorous testing to achieve both Branz appraisal and CodeMark certification. Building research Association of NZ (Branz) provides independent and impartial research, testing and consulting for the building industry. CodeMark is a voluntary product certification scheme. Coupling Branz and CodeMark together gives councils, builders, architects and ultimately the home owner assurance that their Herman Pacific weatherboard systems have been tested to combat NZ’s harsh and diverse weather conditions.
Herman Pacific is also an FSC Forestry Steward Council organization and is a member of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest
Certification (PEFC), an international non-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management.