(Not even a fine oak bargepole.)
We’re talking about ‘hollow’ materials such as aluminium and UPVC that ‘leak’ noise and are highly unlikely to last you a lifetime.
By contrast, what we insist on building with, is good old-fashioned timber. And not just any timber, but hardwood timber, the construction timber of choice for centuries and visible all over the country – from manor houses and cottages to churches.
So why always hardwood timber? We could give you countless reasons why; here are three.
Reason #1: Perfect for soundproofing and insulating.
Hardwoods are exceptionally strong and durable – far more so than softwoods – as they come from slow-growing, broad-leaved trees. Thanks to its thousands of tiny air chambers per cubic inch, it holds in heat making hardwood an excellent insulator.
Reason #2: Beautifully easy to maintain.
One main advantage of hardwood is that it is very easy to maintain and clean. Any scratches or dents in hardwoods can easily be fixed by sanding, varnishing and waxing to restore its beauty, rather than having to replace the damaged area.
Reason #3: Beautiful on the eye.
Aesthetics are integral to how we work. And we love the way that hardwoods can be used with any type of style or décor because of the wide range of appearances they bring, and the fact they are available in a whole host of natural colours, depending on species chosen.
Yes – there are countless other reasons for choosing hardwoods – like their exceptional value. You will find less expensive timber options – but you get what you pay for. So think of it as an investment. Whenever you use hardwood timber, it is likely to increase the value of a property.