The employees, patients and doctors now have an attractive and hard wearing new access path between 533 St Kilda road and the Alfred Hospital, made using Cumaru hardwood from Porta. The previous timber had rotted and had become unsafe for wheelchair access. Harris HMC Constructions won the tender to build the access route, and Perg Dek the chosen builder. Given patients and others requiring wheel chair access used the path daily, safety was a key requirement. The architects, GHD Architects specified a minimum slip resistance which meant that the timber in combination with the chosen timber treatment oil needed to pass this requirement. Importantly, Cumaru was found to be suitable for Bare Feet / Wet Area application using Cumaru timber coated in CuTek CD50 coating.
Glenn selected Cumaru timber for its durability, having a high density of 1085 kg/3 and its attractive grain sharing ““You cant beat the look of this timber”. Glenn who now promotes this timber to his customers found Cumaru to be a timber that “cuts well, drills well, had no leeching and no shrinkage”, uncommon in other timbers such as Merbau he has used before. The price given its strength was also preferred. Glenn also experienced no splintering, and drills well when using counter sunk nails.
The access used a combination of posts, handrails and decking, total of approx. 300 lin m. The wider and deeper decking boards, 145 x 21mm were chosen to achieve an attractive finish as well as being more sturdy underfoot. It is an unusual dimension compared to the typical 19mm or 32mm thickness often used in Spotted Gum and Merbau. Glenn shared that whilst Spotted Gum is popular supply is drying up and experiences splintering.
“The cost vs durability was great, and outweighs natural hardwoods. I would promote this timber for all future jobs. The boards widths and thicknesses were spot on, all consistent and limited waste”, Glenn Buttie, Perg Dek.
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