A popular design material among builders, architects and property owners alike, timber is increasingly being replaced by more environmentally sustainable and cost-effective materials. Greater awareness coupled with increasing social pressure is influencing environmentally conscious choices with people looking to their own homes to create change.

These changes are presenting architects with exciting creative challenges on their projects in terms of selecting materials that are environment-friendly, aesthetically pleasing, and cost-effective.

Timber is being progressively replaced by composite products, which offer a timber-like aesthetic in a more environment-friendly package.

Futurewood offers a complete composite product range encompassing everything from decking to cladding products. Representing a practical, aesthetically pleasing timber alternative, Futurewood’s composite range is available in Chocolate, Mahogany, Saltbush, Slate Grey and Walnut colours as standard in addition to custom colours and even sizes to suit specific design requirements.

In terms of aesthetics, composite products are timber-like in design, with indented grains and in some cases, a sanded finish providing the ‘look’ of timber without the cost and time of upkeep.

One of the practical and aesthetic challenges of timber is the difficulty in finding the lengths required for a project without sourcing multiple trees. This is not only costly and environment-unfriendly, but can bring a degree of inflexibility to the project, presenting a clear challenge to project stakeholders.

However, Futurewood’s composite range can be custom ordered in the desired colour and size, eliminating sourcing problems.