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Thermopine is a product with enhanced stability and durability, produced by modifying European-grown Scots Pine, using only heat, steam and pressure. This results in reducing the wood's tendency to shrink and swell and also reduces its vulnerability to wood destroying organisms.

Appearance

Sawn from slow grown small diameter logs, Thermopine boards display tight grain figuring with an abundance of live (structurally sound) knots, in an equal mix of round and splay knots. Some knots may display cracks or chipped off edges. Our Thermopine decking is profiled for use with SIHGA SenoFix®. The SenoFix® provides a fixing-free face and therefore a clean, refined surface. The risk of unsightly overdriven screws and resulting water traps are eliminated.

Grades and Specifications of Thermopine Decking 

  • Graded to VEH Top grade as per grading rules of the Association of the European Planing Mill Industry.
  • Thermo-D, durability class BS EN 350-1 Class 2, above ground solutions
  • Unlimited number and size of sound knots, pith allowed.  Chipped off parts of knots are permitted in a maximum of 15% of goods.
  • The RW214 and RW215 (GripDeck) profiles specially designed for SenoFix®
  • Lengths 3.3-5.1, supplied in running meter
  • Moisture content 6% (+/-2%) after modification (light in weight)
  • EFC™certified product sourced from sustainable forests
  • Toxin and chemical free

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 according to 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 timber board. 

The method with which the decking is fixed and detailed can have a major effect on its lifespan. Our fixing systems designed by Austrian Timber Engineers SIHGA, will make decking look and perform better for longer.

Stability

When combined with SenoFix®, the Thermopine decking offers outstanding levels of dimensional stability. Compared to unmodified pine it can be up to 40% more stable. This means it stays flat and is significantly less affected by cupping or crowning when subjected to extremes of wetting and drying.

Density

The heat treatment reduces the density by approximately 10% to 350-480kg/m3, making it relatively light in weight, similar to Western Red Cedar.  Due to the reduced mechanical strength it is recommended that Thermopine decking is secured with 400mm centres.

Fixing

SIHGA’s SenoFix® secret fixing solution for Thermopine is a tough, UV resistant and rust proof fixing, which permits movement (frequently the movement can be from the underbuilding joist and framework) and ensures the free flow of air around the boards. This avoids saturation of the timber and enables rapid drying of wetted decking, thus reducing the risk of slipping. The SenoFix® clips makes decking 50% faster to install than conventional face fixing (when used with TerrassenFix® Clamp).

The movement accommodated by the SenoFix clip eliminates the risk of squeaks developing. Squeaky decking is usually a result of face fixing the decking with screws directly to joists with no allowance being made for movement.

Benefits of using SenoFix® System:

  • Refined decking appearance due to no face fixing
  • The timber remains well-ventilated thus preventing algae growth and the resulting slippy boards
  • Increases the lifespan of the timber
  • Saves 50% installation time
  • Rust-proof and break-proof fastening

Brushing

Brushing our Thermopine creates a textured surface which enhances the unique grain and inherent natural figuring within each board. Wire brushes are used to pull out some of the softer spring wood, in-turn exposing the harder and typically darker coloured summer wood. The result is an aesthetically pleasing and characterful board that speaks of it’s natural origins.

GripDeck anti-slip

GripDeck® is a highly effective slip-resistant solution which can be applied in-house to our Thermopine decking. The specially bonded aggregate strips provides a long-lasting solution to slippery decking, being rated as “extremely low potential for slip” (BS7976:2002 Part-1 3 using the Stanley Pendulum Test). GripDeck® is equally suitable for domestic decking, as well as wear demanding commercial environments, providing excellent slip resistance in both wet and dry conditions.

Sustainability

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

Profile

RW214 SenoFix® profile, 115mm x 26mm

RW215 Senofix® (Gripdeck) profile

Size

3.3-5.1m, supplied in running meters

Price

Thermopine decking is priced from £31m2 excluding VAT.

Summary

  • Fixing free face for refined aesthetic
  • Durability equal to that of oak
  • As the resinous substances have been removed during the heat treatment resin exudation on the board face is eliminated.
  • Excellent price/performance ratio
  • No chemicals are used in the heat treatment process – no poisonous or hazardous waste at the end of life cycle
  • Due to the breakdown of organic matter, the timber no longer contains sufficient nutrients for wood destroying insect and fungi