Vulcan timber from Abodo is faster to install than other timbers. Builders and architects who have worked with timbers of all kinds, describe their experience with Vulcan timber cladding and battens.

Supplied in long lengths of up to 4.2m as standard, Abodo Vulcan timber cladding and battens are lightweight at half the weight of hardwood boards, and also remain straight. These characteristics allow Vulcan to be installed faster compared to hardwood options.

Vulcan is created from thermally modified plantation pine and then engineered with a unique and patented vertical grain for superior performance. A fine sawn face allows depth of grain and optimal coating performance. The thermal modification process combined with the vertical grain lamination delivers superior stability to Vulcan, as well as a beautiful brown colour and natural durability with no risk of resin leaching.

Hamish Gray from Gray Construction is a builder of luxury homes on the Sunshine Coast. Having used Vulcan cladding on multiple projects, Gray says:

“A big part for us is that the boards are straight and not twisted like hardwoods saving us a lot of time in inspecting each piece. Vulcan is also very lightweight making it easy to handle, and a great option for garage doors. I’d honestly say that Vulcan cladding is very easily 30% faster to install than a hardwood.”

Gray Construction’s Minyama luxury home on the Sunshine Coast features Vulcan timber in Teak finish, contrasting beautifully with the stone, concrete and aluminium palette on the exterior.

Minyama luxury home

The Melbourne-based Mike Sharp from In and Sharp is an architect, joiner and builder, who used Vulcan timber battens as the main feature facade at a multi-residential development in Ferntree Gully. Sharp also agreed that Vulcan was faster to install, and retained its integrity.

“The timber battens were straight and easy to manipulate over long lengths. We had no issues with the Vulcan timber battens warping or twisting; and fixing the battens with the Spax screws worked a treat. Prefinishing the product and not having to deal with the usual hardwood characteristics, meant for a quicker install and a more consistent coated facade. I'd say by using Vulcan timber battens, the installation was 20-30% faster than using a traditional hardwood.”

Ferntree Gully

Matt Sidoti of Sydney-based SQ Projects worked as construction manager for a 70s restoration in Balmain, commissioned by architects Fox Johnston. He said:

“All boards were tongue and groove and nail fixed over timber framing. The Vulcan timber cladding proved to be much quicker to install than hardwood. All material arrived straight and true, and without any splitting and splintering that you can expect with hardwood equivalents. We would not hesitate to use and recommend Abodo Vulcan for future projects.”

Balmain restoration

Abodo is distributed in Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia and Queensland by Britton Timbers.