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Composites take timber construction outside

Dura say 87%-recyclable wood hybrid materials tackle heat, humidity

NEWS, Materials, Composites take timber construction outside

Dura Composites has developed an eco-friendly timber decking and cladding and predicts that the UAE market, which it now expects to dominate, is worth more than $100m annually.

The UK firm has said traditional hard-wood and soft-wood outdoor decking and cladding in the UAE construction industry has now been outmoded by its sustainable and 87%-recyclable composites.

Paul Fletcher, Middle East manager for Dura Composites, said: “Dura Composites products look and feel like natural wood, and provide lightweight yet durable cladding or decking that will not splinter, warp, rot or fade throughout its 25 years life expectancy.”

“The UAE and Middle East is a relatively untapped market, but it needs to be developed. It's a matter of keeping architects, specifiers and contractors well informed about the long-term benefits.”

Fletcher added that an independent report comparing overall life cycle costs confirmed that a square meter of Dura Decking is $215 cheaper than soft-wood and $600 cheaper than hard-wood.

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