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Care Homes - Why Wood Is Good

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Our Specification Sales Department has a wealth of experience with Richard Burbidge products being specified and installed in non-domestic situations. Over the years, the Sales Department has noticed how our commercially tested timber stair balustrade and wall mounted handrail ranges have been particularly popular within the Care Home sector.

Reasons for this popularity include:

  • The durability of the material for both domestic homes and commercial buildings means the products are extremely long lasting and have the potential to maintain their quality for hundreds of years. This is due to modern wood preservatives and finishes enhancing its natural durability.
  • Wood is very strong structurally. A comparison with steel and concrete shows that pine structural timber, for example, has a strength to weight ratio 20 percent higher than structural steel and four to five times better than non-reinforced concrete in compression.
  • Wood construction is fast and efficient and the products can be easily manipulated on site to navigate any tricky staircase or corridor configurations.
  • Wood is naturally beautiful and aesthetically pleasing.

Particularly within the Care Home sector, we also need to be suitably mindful of Building Regulation compliance, including balustrade strength (Part K) and access to and movement within buildings (Part M).

Other important factors of consideration when installing in a Care Home include making sure any timber balustrades or wall mounted handrails contrast visually with the background against which it is seen, without being highly reflective. A timber handrails surface must also be slip resistant, and not cold to touch. Both of these points are an important requirement of Part M.

For more information, please contact our Technical Department on 0843 778 0459 or the Customer Support team on 01691 678300.