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Thermopine is a timber with enhanced stability and durability, produced by thermally modifying Scandinavian grown Scots Pine using only heat, steam and pressure. The advanced, highly controlled modification process results in a reduction of the wood`s tendency to shrink and swell whilst reducing its vulnerability to wood destroying organisms.

The principal benefit of Thermopine is less substrate movement, meaning a paint coating can last up to three times longer than when applied to non-modified timbers, substantially reducing the maintenance requirement and in turn, the lifetime cost of the product.

Appearance

Russwood's Thermopine is suitable for use on a wide-range of projects, often utilised to create both modern and natural looking facades. In it’s sawn state, Russwood`s Thermopine has a uniform chocolate-brown colour tone which will quickly weather to grey if left uncoated, however due to the superior coating performance over species such as Larch, boards are most commonly supplied pre-treated using our Teknos® vacuum coating system.

The appearance after vacuum coating is largely determined by which surface finish is opted for. When coated in a translucent Teknos® coating the knots and figuring become attractive features, particularly when a brushed surface is opted for. In contrast, an opaque Teknos® RAL coating will largely disguise the knots and figuring to create a more plain vernacular.

Sawn from slow grown, small diameter logs, Thermopine boards display attractive, tight grain figuring with an abundance of live (structurally sound) round and splay knots, some of which may display small cracks or chipped off edges after machining.

Russwood Thermopine Cladding Specification

  • Heartwood of Scandinavian grown Scots pine
  • Thermally modified to create dimensionally stable, Durability Class 2 (as per BS EN 350-2) material free from resin. Only heat, steam and pressure used in modification process; free from chemicals
  • Moisture content of between 6-8% (+/- 2%)
  • Centre-cut to only include live knots. Unlimited number and size of knots, pith allowed
  • In maximum 15% of goods, chipped off parts of knots permitted
  • Lengths of 2.4m to 5.7m with 95% above 2.7m
  • PEFC certified product, sourced from sustainable forests 

Durability

A major advantage of thermal treatment is its effect on the durability of the timber. Following the treatment process, Pine becomes a Durability Class 2 timber as per BS EN 350-2 - this is the same durability class as Oak. During the thermal process every cell of the timber is modified, with the treatment penetrating throughout the entire board, ensuring consistently durable material.

The method with which the cladding is fixed and detailed can have a major effect on its lifespan. Our fixing systems will make cladding look and perform better for longer. We can advise upon the best option depending on the profile and cladding layout selected.

Dimensional Stability 

For use as timber cladding, the main advantage of the thermal treatment is the resulting dimensional stability. Thermopine is significantly more resistant to moisture absorption than unmodified timber, therefore shrinkage and swelling are decreased substantially. The reduction in dimensional movement can be up to 40-50%, which is of particular benefit to coatings. When Thermopine is coated the resulting reduced movement levels mean the coating will last significantly longer, as it is not being forced to move with the normally experienced expansion and contraction of the timber.

Fixing

How timber is fixed is fundamental to its long term performance in relation to both appearance and durability. We offer a range of fixings and systems designed by Austrian Timber Engineers to make cladding look better and last longer. There are a number of options when considering cladding fixings. Sihga's FassadenClip® offers secret fixing giving a modern clean finish where no fixings are visible. Also available from Russwood is Sihga's F-BohrFix® screw for effective secret fixing of our RW134 and RW115 secret fix profiles. For face fixing applications, L-GoFix® screws combined with KompeFix® offer a superior look and performance to standard face fixing arrangements.

These systems can be written into the NBS H21 specification. For more information on our recommended fixings, click here.

Density

The heat treatment reduces the density by approximately 10% to 450kg/m3, making it relatively light in weight and easy to work, similar to Architect Select® Western Red Cedar.

Treatment Suitability

Due to it’s outstanding dimensional stability, Thermopine is eminently suitable for vacuum coating in your choice of colour from Russwood’s Teknos® paint range. Thermopine has a low moisture content, therefore we use a Primer coat which has been specially formulated for thermally modified timber. However, it should be noted that when coating thermally modified timber using translucent paint or stain systems, some lightening of the colour tone is to be expected over time, particularly when lighter shades are selected. This is to do with the natural weathering of the timber rather than coating degradation. For further information on our vacuum coating system, click here.

Resin bleed is a common issue when coating unmodified resinous timber species, particularly in dark colours which are proven to absorb more heat. The thermal treatment process used in producing Thermopine eliminates the issue by “burning off” resin so that it cannot exude in due course.

Thermopine can be factory coated in SiOO:X, a breakthrough silicone technology, to provide a genuine silver lustre. In effect, SiOO:X creates a weathered appearance at an accelerated rate. Following application, all areas, regardless of protection and exposure, take on a consistent tone which provides a solution to differential weathering. For further information about SiOO:X click here.

Thermopine can also be fire-retardant treated by using an impregnation process, but HR Prof cannot be used as an on-site applicant.

Surface Finishes

We can produce Thermopine in three different surface finishes to suit your specific project requirements and vision. Each finish will look and perform slightly differently when used in combination with our Teknos® vacuum coating systems. Independent timber science research combined with our own intensive studies have shown that optimal coating performance can be achieved on brushed and fine sawn finishes.

  • Brushed finish - To create this effect, wire brushes are used to pull out the softer spring wood, exposing the harder summer wood, thus accentuating the grain and creating a beautifully textured surface.
  • Fine sawn finish - Boards are run through a thin-kerf bandsaw to create an even, unblemished, fine-sawn surface.
  • Planed finish - Boards are run through our planing mill to create a smooth, dressed finish.

Sustainability

Russwood’s Thermopine is PEFC®-certified, meaning it is sourced from well-managed European forests.

Lengths

2.4m - 5.7m at 300mm intervals, supplied in running meters

Price

From £22.64 per m2

Summary

  • Enhanced paint performance due to outstanding dimensional stability.
  • Resinous substances removed during the heat treatment – resin exudation on the board face is eliminated.
  • Durability equal to that of Oak as per BS EN 350-2
  • Excellent price/performance ratio
  • No chemicals are used in the heat treatment process – no poisonous or hazardous waste at the end of life
  • Due to the breakdown of organic matter, the timber no longer contains sufficient nutrients for wood destroying insect and fungi
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