Wood Wall Coverings
Want timber walls without the sawdust, hammer and nails?
Like fingerprints the grain patterns and colour tones of trees are never exactly alike, offering the freedom to create unique wall experiences. Wood on wall wallcoverings simplify the application whilst retaining the beauty of timber.
What are they?
Wood On Wall – WOW Timber Veneer wallcoverings from Gilford are real timber veneers harvested under FSC certified conditions, mounted on a clay filled, or fabric backing to create a real timber veneer wallpaper. The timbers are delivered in rolls, untreated allowing for on-site staining or colour applications and grain matched to the wall dimensions. The nature of the veneer allows for the product to be applied to flat or curved surfaces without visible seams.
Are they appropriately harvested?
All timber veneers supplied have been assessed and certified as meeting the Chain of Custody requirements against Part 3.6 COC Certification Standard and are derived from a “well managed forest’ in accordance with FSC* [Forest Stewardship Council] standards.
Most trees used for Veneering are hardwoods rather than softwoods. There are about 99,000 hardwoods in the world; however, only 50 are normally available for use in the manufacturing of flexible wood wallcovering. Trees are selected which give us the best yield and architectural beauty for a wall area.
All of our natural veneers are derived from managed forests where sustainability practices preserve the natural ecosystem, protect endangered wildlife, and promote the rebirth of new timber growth.
FSC certified forests.
We offer a natural veneer which is FSC certified, providing independent third-party certification that our wood comes from forests managed to meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations.
Rapidly renewable plantations.
The Friendly Harvest series is sourced exclusively from rapidly renewable tree plantations, allowing for the appearance of exotic veneers while protecting tropical rainforests.
Rapidly renewable farms.
Our bamboo veneer comes from plants which grow to maturity in less than four years. Harvesting is done by hand and is limited to the stalk, allowing for the root system to sprout new shoots the following rainy season. We exclusively use Mao Zhu Bamboo because this species is not consumed by the panda.
All of our natural cork material is sourced from regions where sustainable harvesting methods have been used since the 13th century. The cork is peeled from the trees every ten years, allowing the trees to live 500 to 800 years.
*FSC is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests
Explore our Wood on Wall timber veneer image galleries or scroll down to read more about how the product works.
How is the product created?
- Trees selected for wallcoverings are cut into logs ranging in lengths from 240 to 365 cms.
- They are then debarked and soaked in hot water to soften the fibres for ease of slicing into veneers.
- The timber is then sliced into 0.5mm sheets, dried and cleaned whilst the edges and ends are straightened to support the matching process.
- The veneers are then placed on a special cloth backing and permanently bonded by heat and pressure.
- Finally each sheet is “stress relieved” to remove nature’s strain and rendered to make the material flexible and easy to manage.
What sizes are available?
There are no limits to the timber wall you can create with Wood on Wall timber veneers. We will produce the product with matched grains to your wall dimensions. [When providing wall dimensions specify the width and height of the total wall don’t subtract for windows or doors.]
The product is produced in widths of 30cms to 122cms and in lengths to 3.66m. It can be side end matched to cover walls more than 9.0m in height without the use of moulding or batten strips.
Every sheet of Wood on Wall is factory matched and numbered in sequence to ensure a continuous architectural match on the wall.
Can you store Timber Veneers?
The best time to hang Wood on Wall is when it is received. The longer it is stored in uncontrolled climate conditions, the more moisture the raw wood may absorb. If work cannot begin immediately, care should be taken to keep material up off floors and in clean dry areas.
What are the fire ratings?
Wood on Wall Wallcoverings have a class “A” flame spread rating: ASTM E84: Flame spread less than 25, smoke density less than 450.
What timber grains are available?
The galleries below demonstrates the depth and quality of the wood veneer ranges available but are not representative of the entire range, if any specific timber varieties required are not listed here please contact our office. Please view the grain galleries for images of most varieties available.