Lathams has launched a new range of cladding that brings together the best of modified wood, timber engineering and protection in one product.
The Finish Line Collection from James Latham is the result of an exclusive partnership between the firm and Accoya Timber, timber engineering company Dresser Mouldings and Canadian coating specialist Sansin.
The manufacturing process sees the Accoya wood profiled, surface finished and coated by the team at Dresser Mouldings.
This specialist process creates a key on the timber’s face, with tiny variations in texture allowing Sansin’s ultra-low VOC coating to penetrate beneath the surface of the timber. This helps to bind it to the cells and prevents peeling and cracking.
Accoya is well known for its durability due to the natural modification process (acetylation) that delivers performance to rival hardwoods. With a warranty of up to 50 years for exterior use, the product has been favoured for cladding for some time. However, this factory finished option takes its performance to the next level.
Richard Mosson, Group Cladding and Decking Manager at Lathams, said: “By combining the highest quality timber, coatings and surface treatment technologies, the Finish Line cladding collection is built to last.
“One of the key features of the product is the way the surface is sanded and brushed. It allows for much better penetration of Sansin’s water-borne system, which effectively waterproofs the timber in a breathable envelope.
“This results in a factory finished wood profile that is better protected from the elements and will not peel and crack – perfect for a cladding product.”
Sjoerd Bos, Managing Directorof Sansin Corporation, commented: “We are pleased to partner with Lathams and Dresser Mouldings to bring this unique offering to the market. This exclusive Finish Line Collection unveils a range of exciting colours for Accoya timber in a penetrating, breathable formula that lets the natural grain and beauty of the wood shine through.”
The Finish Line Collection is exclusive to Lathams, including the 12 unique colour options. These range from traditional wood finishes like the Summer Oak option to more contemporary finishes such as Slate Grey, Apricot and Charcoal. It is available as a standard 145mm width at 15mm thickness in LT AC01 and LT AC02 profiles.