Plato®WOOD Fraké Cladding
A colourful, knot-free timber which provides excellent durability and exceptional stability.
Russwood’s Plato®WOOD Fraké is produced by the thermal modification of Black Afara - a tropical hardwood. The process greatly enhances the timber’s durability and stability properties, making it suitable for all types of cladding application. Fraké is particularly desirable for projects which require a high degree of stability and/or a distinctive, knot-free look.
Fraké is warm brown in colour, with dark lines and distinctive figuring creating an attractive and lively contrast in the unweathered boards. When left untreated, Fraké weathers much more quickly than unmodified timbers, and in a much more uniform way. The end result is a beautiful and consistent silver/grey tone.
Fraké is a smooth, almost knot-free timber which is perfect for those projects which require a clean and contemporary look. It should be noted that there are infrequent pin holes in the wood; these are an inherent characteristic of the species and do not affect the product’s performance.
When compared to other Russwood cladding species, Fraké has a low density reading, being classified by BS EN 350-2 as approximately 497 Kg/m3 at a moisture content of 7%. This means that it is suitable for all types of application but, if an extremely hard timber is required (e.g. for applications such as shopping centres or schools where there is a likelihood of physical damage such as knocks or scrapes), then Russwood’s SILA A/B® may be more appropriate.
For external cladding purposes, Fraké is an extremely durable timber (Class 2 according to BS EN 350-2). This is as a result of the revolutionary thermal treatment process, which dramatically improves the durability of the wood, whilst preserving all of its normal mechanical properties.
Fraké’s durability properties are only surpassed by one other Russwood timber; Accoya® wood. However, the advantage of Fraké over Accoya® is that it does not require any coating to be applied and can be left to weather naturally, eliminating the requirement for a maintenance cycle.
Fraké has a lifespan of 50 – 100 years when subject to general outdoor exposure.
Grades and specification
Plato®WOOD Fraké is supplied to the following high specification and, unlike most other Russwood timbers, does not require any re-grading prior to machining;
- Graded to BS1186-3 Part 4 Class CSH; an almost clear grade of tropical hardwood with tight live knots having a maximum 6mm diameter, and at least one face being free of resin pockets
- Attractive deep brown tones, dark figuring and occasional pin holes provide a colourful appearance which weathers to a beautifully uniform shade of silver/grey
- Thermal modification, which enhances stability and durability, ensures a consistent moisture content of 7%
- Lengths of 1.8 – 4.8m
- FSC-certified product sourced from sustainable forests
The thermal modification process changes the structure of the timber, resulting in Fraké having an extremely low moisture content of 7%. The benefit of this is that it enhances the timber’s stability, ensuring minimal expansion and contraction.
The moisture content is much lower than any of Russwood’s unmodified timbers (all of which are kiln-dried to 16-18%) which results in Fraké being the second most stable timber supplied by Russwood (after Accoya® wood). In comparison to Scottish Larch, Siberian Larch and other red woods, Fraké is approximately 50% more stable, making it ideal for projects which require exceptional stability.
Fraké does not require maintenance and, if left untreated, will quickly weather to a beautiful silver/grey.
Although there is no requirement for coating, due to the exceptional stability properties described above, Fraké is highly suitable for vacuum coating. As the coating will not be subjected to such severe stretch and shrink cycles this means that there will be minimal surface checking, and thus the coating can be expected to last for up to three times longer than when applied to unmodified timbers. This in turn substantially reduces the maintenance requirement, meaning that the lifetime cost of the product is reduced.
Fraké can be vacuum coated with your choice of colour from our Sikkens or Teknos range.
Fraké can also be fire-retardant treated, using either the NON COM® process, or using HR Prof as an on-site applicant.
Fraké is FSC®-certified and is sourced from well-managed forests in Africa.
Fraké is available in lengths of 1.8 to 4.8m (at 30cm intervals), in widths of 100, 125, 150 and 200mm and in thicknesses of 25, 32 and 50mm. Please note that we may not hold all sizes in stock at all times, but it may also be possible to source alternative sizes.
Fraké is one of Russwood’s premium range products, with prices starting at £62 per m2 for profiled boards (and £59 per m2 for sawn boards).
For advice on completing the NBS H21 for Fraké cladding please get in touch with our technical team.
- Unrivalled stability and durability
- Highly durable and lightweight material
- Attractive knot-free look
- No chemicals used
- Sourced from sustainable forests