I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!
Binq - Why we are World Standard
August 19, 2016
Let’s firstly start with our timber. Victorian Ash when it is Kiln Dried is a Class 3 timber. Definitely much more durable than the likes of Pine or Douglas Fir. The timber is PEFC and not FSC.
We choose Vic Ash because it is dimensionally stable, plus we get it solid face laminated which means we can get the larger sections sizes we need and ensure that they will be straight.
Further to that we also get our timber from one mill in Heyfield as we know it is grown in Gippsland Victoria and milled in Gippsland Victoria, then transported 1.5 hours to us, as oppose to coming on multiple trucks and ships from overseas. The embodied energy of Vic Ash is 2.0 MJ/KG which is super low and less than clay bricks and even less than Kiln Dried softwoods.
Durability is at the forefront for us and is often heavily influenced through the design of the profiles, the joining type, the glues used and also the coating systems used to protect the timber. Let’s not forget, all cars are made from mild steel and they are exposed to more severe weather than windows. However, it is commonly accepted to buy a car made out of mild steel. Why? Because cars are coated comprehensively in a controlled manufacturing environment.
Our coating systems are imported direct from Germany and so is the method in which we apply the coating. The coating system is a water based product designed specifically for windows and doors. The first coat is a penetrating treatment which is applied by flood coating the product or drowning the product in a bath. This treats for rot, infestation and blue stain (mould). We then sand the door or window a second time to de-nib the timber and then proceed to apply a 300-micron thick coating (equivalent to 4 coats on site) on to all surfaces of the timber including those that are hidden from view once hardware and glazing is fitted.
This coating has the same viscosity as shampoo and is filled with pigment which contributes mainly to its UV resistance.
Aside from the comprehensive coating we apply to our products, we also use a cross linking glue to give our joins superior strength and durability when exposed to the elements. Not to mention the join type itself is a twin slot and tenon join built to an accuracy of .2mm which actually creates a lot of glue surface area.
Further to this and unlike 95% of Australian manufacturers, all our small profiles are contained to the inside surface, therefore there is no small section of timber exposed to the elements which would rot out very quickly. All the exposed elements are 68mmx78mm minimum solid face laminated sections. This in itself dramatically changes the durability of a window or door. So even glazing beads are fitted internally and then secret nailed to give the best aesthetic and durability.