The Only Recommended Cladding
We get many requests for plywood to be used in permanently exposed applications in which the only product we recommend is Shadowclad which is a rough sawn finish 12mm pine plywood with H3 LOSP Treatment to protect against cracking, crazing, and rot & decay.
The issue with normal untreated plywood or marine plywood when exposed to the elements (even if painted) is that the sun affects the moisture level of the top veneer and can lead it to crack and craze as per the photo below.
If Shadowclad isn’t an option, and an enduring appearance is not a prerequisite, for the best longevity the Australian Made Hoop Pine Plywood which is a durable marine specie of timber would withstand the elements the longest and is manufactured with a permanent A-Bond glue in which the bond will not deteriorate under harsh or wet conditions.
For more information on Shadowclad, please view our product page.
A Sustainable Resource
A mini-documentary showcasing Queensland’s Araucaria trees grown under the care of HQ Plantations that make up the Austral Hoop Pine Plywood.
Home Design & Construction from Sustainable
It is a pleasure to feature Brett McKenzie and his team from Sustainable whose passion, knowledge and attention to detail can be seen with their Recipe Housing Approach.
He speaks fervently about the benefit not only to the homeowner but to the wider community of the importance of common sense, sustainable long-term design and construction. With the intent on constructing inspiring buildings far from the monoculture that is common in today’s society with its new estate housing stock. He believes this approach significantly benefits the wellbeing of the community through focusing upon taking into account the current environment, giving rise to a blended demographic and supporting diversity.
Key focus points include the flexible pod design which saves energy and reduces build time whilst focusing on the passive elements allowing the homeowner to live in a more cost-effective home, diluted over a longer period of time. There is great emphasis upon the value of volume over square metres, such as opening up the home with high ceilings allowing in more passive light, and efficient placement of windows to take advantage of natural breezes. Reducing heating and cooling costs during the summer and winter months, whilst at the same time maximising the roof’s exposure to the sun for renewable energy generation from the solar panels.
Feel free to contact the award-winning team to build your Sustainable home and view their latest project in Zillmere “Recipe on Crowley” in the YouTube below.
Commitment to the Arts & Broader Community
How is Plywood Made?
An insight into how a sustainably grown tree is transformed into a strong aesthetically pleasing sheet of plywood.
The fundamental process of making plywood has remained the same for many years. Once the sustainably grown logs have been cut to size, they make their way through the mill for rotary cutting.
Thin veneers are cut and unpeeled from the log, scanned for imperfections and then trimmed into shorter lengths for processing. After the veneers have been processed through a dryer to remove excess moisture, they are then sorted to the individual grades, imperfections in the wood are patched to improve finish quality and appearance.
The prepared veneers are then glued together under first a cold press. Following this, a combination of glue, immense pressure and heat are applied to transform layered veneers into plywood. Finally, the plywood sheets are trimmed to standard sizes.
Please see the below video below for more information.
Vanuatu Villa Refurbishment
Sustainably grown Kokoda Hardwood Plywood used in Vanuatu Villa.
The plywood was chosen specifically for its appearance and H2 properties which provide a level of protection against attack from termites & borers.
Austral Hoop Pine Plywood School Hall
Austral AC Hoop Pine Plywood Soffit
We are pleased to present pictures from the Ripley Valley Service Station in which Austral Plywoods A/C Hoop Pine appearance grade plywood was used.
Austral Hoop Pine is made from 100% plantation pine, and the exterior A-Bond glue carriers a super E0 emissions rating, the lowest in the industry and is manufactured to Australian Standard AS/NZS 2271.