What is a timber lookalike and what are the benefits over a real timber system?

Timber is a popular material for brise soleil blades. It can look great and demonstrate a client’s commitment to natural resources.

In a nutshell: 

  • Timber looks good for brise soleil but there are downsides
  • Wood requires specialist weather treatment and stronger and more expensive fixings
  • Specialist powder-coatings and transfers that mimic woodgrain are good options
  • They provide all the benefits of aluminium (sustainable, lightweight, durable) in a range of woodgrain designs

The trouble is it’s not usually as sustainable as aluminium, requires specialist (often costly) weather treatment and requires stronger and more expensive fixings.

What is the timber lookalike?

The answer? A special powder-coating that mimics woodgrain. The multi-stage process uses heat and pressure to fuse a faux wood grain transfer to a powder-coated base layer.

It’s durable (no wood rot) protects the blades from corrosion and is available in a huge range of wood designs. And for those who like to see western red cedar naturally weather to a silver-grey, why not go for the desired colour of faux wood grain in the first place?

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