Fast-growing wood types from FSC and OLB certified forests undergo the patented and fully developed process before they leave the factory as Platowood. Platonising (hydrothermal modification process) is a proprietary process, performed in our factory located at Industrial Park Kleefse Waard. Where other processes often only consist of drying and heating, to up to 200 to 230 degrees Celsius, the unique Platowood process consists of three steps, during which water and heat are used to reinforce the wood. Platonising under relatively low temperatures is the best method, as the wood maintains its cellular structure – and with it, all of its good characteristics.
After platonising, the wood can be processed normally. Processes like sawing, planing, milling and drilling have absolutely no influence on its durability. The wood is so dimensionally stable that it requires fewer fasteners, which leads to lower assembly and maintenance costs.
Platowood offers three different types of wood: Platowood Fraké, Platowood Poplar and Platowood Spruce. We also offer window and door frames, made of Platowood Fraké.
Fraké is a fast-growing deciduous wood sourced from responsibly managed forests with OLB certification in West Africa. Platowood Fraké is durable and has a sleek, stylish and exotic appearance. The surface has a subtle flame-like accent, highlighted by the platonisation process (hydrothermal modification). The pinstripes and pinholes that might be present in the wood give it a characteristic look.
Platowood Poplar comes from FSC-certified forests in Europe. Due to the unique hydro-thermal modification process - platonization - this type of wood is suitable for use as facade cladding, even untreated. Platowood Poplar is characterized by its uniform grain, light line drawing and refined hues. Beside, the wood feels soft and has a golden hue due to the process. Platowood Poplar offers, just like the other types of wood, many advantages. In addition to the fact that the wood is dimensionally stable, environmentally friendly and low in maintenance, it has an expected lifespan of 50 years.
Spruce is sourced from responsibly managed forests in Northern Europe. This fast-growing coniferous tree is FSC certified. In the Netherlands, Spruce is traditionally used in the building shell, but the platonising (hydrothermal modification) process changes the wood into a high-quality and durable wood product with great dimensional stability. The natural whitish-yellow colour of spruce changes to a warm brown during the platonising process.
The presence of knots in the wood is characteristic for spruce. Furthermore, there might be visible resin pockets and other small accents on the wood. All these characteristics give Platowood Spruce a lively and natural appearance. Without additional finishing, the wood will evenly grey into a silvery hue.
Window and door frames
Platowood also offers excellently processable and suitable Fraké wood for window frames, windows and doors. The window and door frames of Platowood are supplied pre-sanded and without profile as a semi-manufactured product, and is KOMO certified. For a uniform appearance, the window frame wood combines excellently with Platowood Fraké façade cladding.
Because of platonising (hydrothermal modification), the Platowood frame is much more dimensionally stable and low-maintenance than other wood types. By fingerjointing and laminating the wood, Platowood ensures optimised wood for window frames, windows and doors, in easily processable lengths.
The face side is also available as full wood (without finger joints).
Do you want to know more about Platowood? Please check our website: www.platowood.com.
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