With a quick turnaround and specific design requirements, Silva Timber has recently supplied over 440 square metres of pre-finished Western Red Cedar Cladding for a Sainsbury's Superstore development in Sedgefield, County Durham.
The design used timber cladding to contribute a natural texture to the overall building, applied to the underpass canopy that protects customers walking in and out of the store.
Western Red Cedar No.2 Clear & Better grade was selected for the project. It is sourced from the coastal region of British Columbia, where growing conditions ensure a tighter grain and rich colour compared to forests further in-land, it is an aesthetically appealing material that allows architects and designers to develop eye-catching, cutting edge solutions. The beauty of the Western Red Cedar is in its appearance and warm colour tones; the inherent small variations between boards (given its organic origins) create a visually striking surface.
Pre-finishing the timber with Sansin SDF fulfilled the client's requirement for a dark-brown, chocolate tone for the timber-clad exterior. Silva Timber worked alongside Barr by providing a range of finished sample boards to assist the decision making. Following consultation the Cocoa semi-translucent tone was selected which allowed the natural beauty of the Western Red Cedar grain patterns to shine through.
Contractors Barr Construction worked on the project over a period of 8 weeks through some difficult conditions. Jim Harkness, project manager for Barr Construction, said: “We experienced some challenging weather during the project, with frequent freezing temperatures between November and March, but the team worked hard to keep the project on schedule."
With harsh weather conditions and a strict deadline to adhere to, applying a finish on-site would have provided further challenges for Barr. By utilising Silva's in-house pre-finishing services, Barr were able to stay on track with the project, providing a consistent finish in factory conditions and allowing for immediate onsite installation.
To protect timber from the outset it is always recommended to apply the finish before installing. Factory pre-finishing ensures the wood is coated on all sides in optimal conditions, as recommended by the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association (WRCLA). Pre-finishing the material keeps its natural, beautiful colour tones for longer and at the same time reduces installation time and labour cost.