Artificial wood – Beauty with durability for your house

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Artificial wood – Beauty with durability for your house

“Nowadays, most of the time wood is the first choice for house building material such as floor, wall, or for decoration. Some people like wood but never be sure about their durability. There are some concerns; if the wood will decay if continuously expose to sun light and rain. The wood also might be chipped by a termite even with a “Anti termite chemical” because it effectiveness still questionable. Therefore, artificial wood like fiber cement is considered.”

Artificial wood’s durability

Artificial wood’s durability has an advantage to wood. The fiber cement wood is a mixture of cellulose fiber and cement which is heated with high temperature and pressure. As a result, it has high durability whether it is sun light, rain, impact, and even the termite (because it is not a wood)

SCG termite resistance artificial wood
Termite, house archenemy, house being consume by termite

picture source: http://science.howstuffworks.comhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Termite

artificial wood for wall decoration
Fiber cement wood wall with acrylic paint on top
artificial wood for flooring
Brown splinter pattern fiber cement wood (Pre-painted color)

Usage

The artificial wood could be used in many applications for indoor and outdoor whether it is floor, wall, cornice, fence, batten, and eave board. It is very easy to maintenance the artificial wood compares to those woods which is need to be coated every 6 months or year and it is also cheaper. Moreover, the artificial wood has a lower expansion and contraction when facing with moisture, and various temperature.

Fiber cement wood seems to be a good choice but many people might hesitate and wonder if it could give the same feeling like the real one. So, it might be a choice between durability or beauty.

Texture

Fiber cement wood has many kinds of texture to choose such as smooth texture like shiny polished and coated plywood, and wood like texture. Normal texture of non-pre-painted fiber cement wood will be gray which need to be painted with primer before painted.

Some of the fiber cement wood will be heated with a primer from the factory, there is no need for a primer and it could be painted with acrylic pain. Furthermore, there are pre-painted fiber cement wood which is made with special heat treating for the paint to have high durability.

This pre-painted wood is very convenience because no paint is needed and there is no need to worry about peeling paint

Fiber Cement Wood’s Pattern

For a pattern, fiber cement wood with “wood like pattern” might could not compare to some real wood which have a unique natural patter. However, for a “Splinter wood pattern”, if paint with a skillful painter, it’s pattern will be exquisite and almost like the real one.

There are factors to consider before choosing texture, pattern, and color of fiber cement wood. For example, pre-painted fiber cement wood comes with less color options, for more specific color a plain one might be a choice and then paint it with desired color.

Anyhow, artificial fiber cement wood has fewer shape, size, width, thickness to choose than a real wood and because fiber cement wood is less flexible it could not be use as structure such as a floor beam or framing (while hardwood could).

If a fiber cement wood will be used for flooring, a framing must be as the manufacturing standard which need more tighten framing than a framing for real wood.

SCG artificial wood for fencing
Artificial fiber cement wood could be used for many application; flooring, wall, ceiling, and eave board.

SCG artificial wood for house decoration

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What to do in the case of a fire?

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What to do in the case of a fire?

What to do in the case of a fire?

1. Do not take time to try and save belongings. Compose oneself and quickly leave the place as soon as possible.

2. Get down, get low, get out – Avoid inhaling the smoke, use wet towels to cover your mouth and nose, try to stay low and leave through fire exit.

3. Do not use elevators in case of fire. Use fire escapes or exit stairs.

4. If clothes catch fire, do not sweep or run away. Must stay still and drop to the ground then covering their face with hands to avoid facial injury and finally, roll on the floor to extinguish the fire.

5. Shut the doors or window in fire room to stop the spread of fire and smoke. You must ensure no one is inside then Get out

6. Once you meet door, carefully check knob’s temperature before opening by touching the back of the hand on it. If it is hot, do not open due to fire nearby area.

Furthermore, building design and materials used decision in construction are also one of the crucial factors that could prevent fire.

Wall is the one of key important components for building. It should be fire protection for 30 to 120 minutes. The details are shown in the picture below.

Fire protection component - Fire resistance solution

The different fire resistance materials specify different performance criteria. There are many wall systems that could be fire protection up to 120 minutes, for instance, Brick Masonry, Light weight concrete block, Gypsum Drywall, Fiber cement drywall, Light weight panel. However, in case of fire, the most important thing is the time limit of fire resistance which can prevent structure enough to give people to escape from building.

Today we would like to introduce 3 of fire resistant wall system which provides peace-of-mind and safety

Fire Resistance Wall by SCG
1. Gypsum Drywall: is a lightweight wall system that composed of Fire Resistance Gypsum Board installed with galvanize frame and put insulation between spaces as to increase fire prevention efficiency. Wall system that be installed by Fire Resistance Gypsum Board 2 layers, it can protect fire up to 120 minutes.

If you need more information or have any question, please visit >>  https://www.scgsmartbuild.com/fire-protection-system/

2. Fiber Cement Drywall: is a lightweight wall system that composed of Fiber cement board installed with galvanize frame and put insulation between spaces as to increase fire prevention efficiency. However, the different insulation type specify different protection performance.

3. Wall Panel: or Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) is wall system that composed of lightweight, steel reinforced, groove and tongue panels. It is non-combustible which up to 4 hours fire rating and outstanding thermal and acoustic insulation qualities.

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Decorating ceiling to match your house’s style

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How to choose ceiling to match house style

Decorating ceiling to match your house’s style

“Examples of design and decoration of ceilings and application of materials to create unique atmosphere which matches diverse styles of house.  “

            Ceiling plays a great role in image and beauty of the house.  We can design it and apply any materials to create unique atmosphere which matches diverse styles of house.

         Ceiling with modern-designed house In this design, ceiling is simple and shows veracity of materials. Every detail is focused to get overall outstanding compositions of modern design.

Modern ceiling board style
Modern-designed living room has simple lines but outstanding look with grey wall board having uneven surface to create dimensions. It goes well with double-space gouged fiber cement ceiling which creates impression that the room is spacious.
Natural ceiling for decoration
Empty ceiling to show wilderness and trendiness of modern loft design. The ceiling is decorated by casting concrete roof from woven mat with unique pattern below. When the concrete dries, you will get interesting ceiling patterns. Venue: Courtesy of Fuel in the Blank
Ventilated Ceiling board for modern house
Modern-designed house with exterior details added by installing sunshade lath. Eave ceiling is white air ventilation ceiling which goes well with modern design and ventilates heat from the house.

       Ceiling with natural-designed house Architects always design and select materials which are harmonious with nature; natural substances such as real wood or artificial materials such as artificial wood or synthetic wood which replace real wood but is more durable and easier to take care. 

Modern Natural wood ceiling board
Bedroom which is harmonious with nature using wood replacement materials from ceiling, walls to flooring. Wooden ceiling is installed on gables to create dimension to room space and harmony with nature.
loft ceiling board site reference
Bedroom from wood structure; decorated with pale wood pattern materials. Gouged fiber cement board was installed along slope of the roof making this small space more spacious.

       Ceiling with contemporary-designed house This style focuses on plainness which is not too daring. There are appropriate mixtures between modern and old materials to create warmth and friendliness for relaxation. 

SCG ceiling board for bedroom
Bedroom which has simple and private atmosphere suitable for relaxing. Tone of the room is white but walls have decorative materials to bring out dimensions and simple pattern to create gimmick to the ceiling by using even-rim and gouged fiber cement board. Outside, there are sunshades to filter sunlight and create privacy.
SCG wood plank smartwood for ceiling
Contemporary-designed house has wall board with air ventilating hole installed at gable and eave ceiling to reduce heat for the house. The poking eave can efficiently prevent sunlight and rain water.

       Ceiling with contemporary Thai-designed house This design portrays Thai vintage style with a contemporary twist. Simple tones such as white and warm-feeling natural color are always a top choice for this design.

Modern Thai ceiling board decoration idea
Bedroom in Thai traditional style with wooden floor and ceiling with multi-patterns made from even-rimmed and gouged fiber cement board and flooring and balustrade outside in wooden pattern for harmony and continuity of feeling with decoration inside the room.
Loft ceiling decoration idea
The bedroom was decorated in Thai-contemporary style with wall lined with fiber cement board installed in louver design like traditional Thai house. Even-rimmed fiber cement board with indirect lights helps create dimension and features to the room.

       Ceiling with classic-designed house The house has roomy and luxurious space with unusual high ceiling. Step ceiling is with indirect lights add dimension to the room. Moreover, luxury ornament items as chandelier are installed to advance extravagance.  

Luxury ceiling decoration idea
Bedroom with neat details has split-level fiber cement ceiling with holes and indirect lights. The chandelier uplifts western mansion extravagance style.
ceiling board for luxury decoration
Classic living room with roomy white fiber cement ceiling added dimension with split-level brownish ceiling brightened by gigantic chandelier and European style furniture set enhancing luxurious atmosphere to it.
Ceiling system for tuscany house
Western classic house with mix-toned terracotta roof creating outstanding look. Eave ceiling was made from lath with gouge for air ventilation under eave. The ceiling was painted in beige for harmony with the house’s design.

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Give natural touch to your balcony with “SCG SMARTWOOD (wood plank)”

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How to use woodplank for balcony

Give natural touch to your balcony with “SCG SMARTWOOD (wood plank)”

“Several decoration ideas with “wooden flooring” suitable for exterior use. Since apart from natural and warm touch, it is easy to maintain and lower in price than real wood making your home a relaxing space for every special day. “

       “Balcony”, one of top spots home owners choose as relaxing space on a nice day for a party or coffee corner to appreciate view on a chilling day. We have some good ideas to decorate your balcony to have warm, relaxing and natural-feeling atmosphere.

       Apart from appearance, flooring materials for outside balcony should have good durability since it has to withstand sunlight, wind and rain. Artificial or synthetic wood is an optimal choice since it provides natural warming touch and ease of maintenance. It is lower in price than real wood making your home a relaxing space for every special day.

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Creating relaxing spot on terrace with natural touch by SCG Smartwood (Wood Plank) flooring with refined wooden pattern having real wood touch.
SCG Wood Plank balcony site reference - SCG Smartwood
Linking nature outside to inside the house with large terrace having only crystal clear sliding glass door served as entrance. Key decorative materials are wood as T-clip SCG flooring, synthetic lath and wood furniture to create relaxing atmosphere.
SCG Woodsubstitute for floor
Wood plank balcony near nice garden with Natural Beech T-clip SCG flooring giving harmonious and warm feeling with surrounding atmosphere. Colorful bag beans are in place to sit and listen to birdsong and appreciate nature around you.
SCG Smartwood balcony wood plank
Open air deck area decorated by Basic SCG wood plank flooring. Small and large sized tiles create vibes to the sea. With bag beans on the floor, you will have relaxing and serene private space next to the beach.
SCG Smartwood Wood Plank for outdoor use
Small balcony next to a pool is adorned with Natural Beech T-clip SCG flooring. With near life-sized flooring and real wood surface, color and pattern, it can brighten up pool side adding natural touch to modern-designed house.
How to select wood plank for your balcony
Transforming small space on pool side to chilling area which is closer to nature with Natural Beech T-clip SCG flooring and wood furniture.
Quality Wood substitute site reference
Adding external resting area by elevated balcony decorated with Basic SCG flooring sparing space for existing tree to grow to have cool and pleasant shade for this relaxing area.
SCG Wood substitute for flooring decoration
Transforming empty area next to your house to be chilling walking path with Basic SCG flooring with small garden to brighten up this space.
SCG Smartwood decoration site reference
Transforming this small space to be shining seat area with charm of wooden materials with shading from dark lath and chairs lined by wooden pattern to brighter tone with BASIC SCG flooring glazed to create vintage look. Small plants and flowers are added to harmoniously create relaxing space.

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How It’s Made : Fiber Cement Board & Wood Plank

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How It’s Made : Fiber Cement Board & Wood Plank

“There are many methods of fiber cement material production and with difference method, the final product come with different feature and specification such as durability, surface, flexibility, and usage. “

One of the most popular material which often replace a real wood is a “Fiber cement”. There are varieties of pattern and surface of fiber cement to choose out in a market. It seems to be similar but the way they are produce is different. It is Hatschek and X-TRUSION which give a different specification of product. Both methods use same materials, Portland cement, pure silica, and special cellulose fiber.

The Hatschek will use long fiber while X-TRUSION use a short fiber with an incubation technology of a high-pressure streamer (Autoclave) which reduce a moisture and increase a durability against a weather.

SCG Fiber Cement Board Materials
Both methods use the same main material

About the difference, Hatscheck is formed by a roll layer by layer until it gets a required thickness. It could be formed with a pattern and thickness as required. The maximum thickness is 25 mm. With a long fiber as a material, it could be bent.

The product from Hatscheck method will be a big 300×1000 cm square and could be cut as desired such as 120×300 cm, 120×240 cm (smart board), or similar to real wood at 10×300 cm, 15×300 cm (flooring wood). It comes with different thickness, 0.3, 1.2, 1.8, and 2.5 and if the color is required it will be painted in painting production.

How to install Fiber Cement Board in proper way
Example of finished product is cut as require such as smart board, flooring wood, batten
SCG Fiber Cement Sheet Application
SCG Fiber Cement Smart board from Hatscheck production could be install either straight or bended.
SCG Wood Plank Application
SCG flooring wood from Hatscheck production could be painted from a factory or with a primer to be painted later with desired color.

For “X-TRUSION”, it is a production via a mold to get a profile (A mold is similar to toothpaste tube hold and the material is a toothpaste which come out from the tube) Beside mentioned main material, there are additives which make many kinds of mold and unique patterns possible. Every product will have same consistency quality for width and thickness. The thickness will range from 10-100 mm, however the width could not be very wide (because the mold is needed). With a short fiber, the product is less flexible than product from Hatscheck method.

The example of the products is decoration wood which can do a split-level, and a flooring wood with a hold in a middle to reduce a weight with same durability. If compare flooring wood of both method with the same thickness, both of them can take the same weight. What is need to be consider is that X-TRUSION wood has holes in the middle, therefore a fine decoration at the rim is needed when install it. On contrary, Hatscheck wood rim could left undecorated.

SCG Wood Plank for decorative
SCG Modina Fiber cement decoration wood, X-TRUSION method with split-level make more dimension for a wall.
SCG Wood Plank for flooring
SCG flooring wood from X-TRUSION method give a consistency smooth floor without a gap or overlap, so no tripping over because every piece same size for both thickness and width

There are methods for produce a fiber cement material, so the product features will be difference according to the method. For the application of the fiber cement product, the appropriate of usage for suitable product need to be consider apart from stylish and preferable of it. The suitable structure also need to be prepare to fit a material in order to get a maximum weight capacity, safety and durability.

*Fiber cement wood is for decoration purpose only. A usage for structure is not recommended

for information/estimate material need of SCG fiber cement from specialists click here

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The Difference between SCG Smartboard and SCG Smartwood (Fiber Cement for Flooring)

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The Difference between SCG Smartboard and SCG Smartwood (Fiber Cement for Flooring)

“Fiber Cement” is widely known as a wood substitute for wall plank, floor plank, lath and plywood. However, fiber cement has some limitations for certain usages, such as flooring system, in particular, since it requires high weight tolerance. 

Smartwood Floor Plank - SCG wood substitute floor

SCG Smartboard for Flooring and SCG Smartwood Floor Plank are fiber cement material, made from high quality materials such as, SCG cement, pure silica and cellulose fiber.

With their tolerance of weather, SCG Smartboard and SCG Smartwood are practical for both interior and exterior usage. They are moisture resistant, fire resistant, making them tolerant of bending, rotting and termite. Due to their absence of asbestos, they are safe for respiratory system.

SCG Fiber Cement board for floor
Installing joist and structural bar on SCG Smartboard floor

1. Fiber Cement for Flooring : SCG Smartboard

Smartboard’s standard size is at 120 x 240 cm. The most used SCG Smartboard is 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0 cm, with 30-40 cm. of joist space. The structural bars need to be perpendicular to joists at every 120 cm for a better support SCG Smartboard’s length to be able to endure weight of 200 – 500 kg (depending on joist space).

The installation is easy. This lightweight fiber cement flooring system is suitable for any construction work with limited construction time. It also makes the main structure lighter.

SCG Smartboard is usually used with decorative materials, such as laminate, parquet, and ceramic tiles for beauty purpose.

You can show off the bare texture of SCG Smatboard by cleaning its surface, applying primer onto the surface and then applying 2 coats of epoxy, acrylic or silicone in order to prevent scratches.

2. Fiber Cement for Flooring : SCG Smartwood Floor Plank

SCG floor plank is most suitable for decoration. It has almost the same width as the authentic wood, which is 10, 15 and 20 cm. Each plank is 300 cm. long and 2.5 cm. thick.

SCG Smartwood has natural wooden pattern, no need to be coated with decorating materials.  The 2 models are:

  1. Basic model. SCG Smartwood Floor Plank in basic model comes with primer as its base; therefore, it needs to be covered with SCG acrylic floor paint for fiber cement for the shiny, and scratch and weather resistance properties.
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  3. SCG Smartwood T-Clip. T-Clip model has factory-grade color with peeling resistance property.
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  5. SCG Wood substitute for floor
    SCG Floor Plank Basic (up) SCG Smartwood T-Clip (down)

    For installation, SCG Smartwood needs to be installed on concrete floor or on joists with space as follows:

    – SCG Smartwood plank 20 cm. width should be installed on joist with space of 35-40 cm.

    – SCG Smartwood plank 25 cm. width should be installed on joist with space of 30 cm.

    – SCG Smartwood plank 10 cm. width should be installed on joist with space of 25 cm.

    SCG Smartboard requires smaller gaps as compared to real wood structure. Unlike real wood, SCG Smartboard cannot be used as the structural wood or on high-level floor due to its lesser flexibility. It is required to be installed on floor that is no more than 50 cm. above ground.

    Since SCG Smartboard Floor Plank has longer ratio than SCG Smartboard, they both have different weight tolerance. Smartboard floor’s two-way slab can endure more weight than Smartwood’s one-way slab.

    Therefore, on the same weight endurance, SCG Smartwood is likely to get cracked easier, and may cause injury if used as the direct weight tolerant material or installed on an over-height floor.

     We can say that SCG Smartboard floor can be used as a flooring material or flooring foundation while SCG Smartwood is not recommended to be applied as the structural floor that has to directly carry heavy weight.

     Safety is the first priority when making decision between the two. Take into consideration the properties and limitations of each material. Follow engineer’s advice for suitable and durable usage.

Fiber Cement for Floor steel frame

SCG Fiber Cement for Floor Installation 2
Installing SCG Smartwood on a joist (up )Installing SCG Smartwood on concrete floor (down)
SCG Fiber Cement for Floor Installation
Smartboard and Smartwood’s weight tolerance

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What Is Grooved Fiber Cement Board?

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Montania Fiber Cement Board

Grooved Fiber Cement Board

Enhances the natural finish urban texture!

Giving your home or building an intimate look with the art of design by Montania Grooved board , by grooving, it enhances the natural finish urban texture.

Good ventilating house in a small area

Good ventilating house in a small area
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Good ventilating house in a small area

Good ventilating house in a small area

“Three-storeyed house with good ventilation built in limited space under concept of full utilization of space and architectural aesthetic.  Let’s see … how they did that ” 

Small space will not enclose huge creativity. On the contrary, all physical limitations are challenges for architects to manage space. Managing “space” can be done by twisting, rotating, pulling, extending, interlocking and linking by space or other architectural compositions to interpret, translate, convey message and creating 3-D space to fully utilize and create aesthetic.

       Like this 3-storeyed house in Soi Sukhumvit 50 (Soi Ari Rak), it is surrounded by buildings and houses so it has a lot of limitations. This house is located at the end of alley and enclosed by buildings. There is small space at entrance since it jointly uses fence with other neighbours at the end of the alley. Both sides of the houses are enclosed by neighbors’ buildings. Moreover, a 4-storeyed apartment building is located behind the house. The entrance to the house is only 5 meters wide. All these contexts make the designer think about perspective of entrance, space which is in line with utilized area and direct and indirect use of natural light and air ventilation inside.

Small house plan idea
The house area surrounded by buildings with limited space of road and entrance.
 

       The architects started to design the building from a box with hole in the middle to make it U-shape to create court to link space in and outside and reduced mass in front to create space for garage on ground floor. The second floor is cantilever protruding above entrance. It is interlocking mass of each part of the house to create unity of shape which is metaphor to body with organs interlocking with each other. The interlocked space is served as master bedroom of female doctor, the owner of the house.

Small house interlock
Diagrams of shape concepts, building court, space and unity by interlocking technique.

       Main concept for designing this house is to have common area for all family members while maintaining individual privacy which is suitable for needs and activities of 2 different generations. This house, therefore, allows everyone to spend private time and share quality time with each other in large family space.

Living room in small house idea
Common area for different generations is key concept of this house.

       Two-storeyed lobby in the middle of the house has one-side wall linked with external space with a large opening allows day light inside and good air ventilation. This is main area for family activities such as living room and dining room. U-shape mass encircling this area is individual function having stairs to link each floor.

ventilating house in a small area interior design
High lobby encircled by U-shape mass allows thorough light and good air ventilation.

       Building planning focuses on direction of wind and sunlight by designing internal area to be exposed to wind and natural light as much as possible. Therefore, the architect designed the living room to be on east side of the house which links to adjacent house and has better perspective compared with other sides. Bedroom is located in the north and south and kitchen and bathroom in the west.

      The ground floor is consisted of living room, dining room and a senior bedroom. The second floor is composed of library, theatre and 2 master bedrooms. The third floor has 2 bedrooms and Buddhism room. The deck is living with panoramic view for hosting evening party.  

Small house site reference
Planning the house to be in line with sunlight and wind direction, context and perspective to outside.

       The house’s style is mixed between modern and minimalism with simple geometric shapes without luxury decorative items. It has large opening lined with large pane of glass as door and window. The building is in white making it outstanding yet humble. Moreover, decorative materials from external parts to inside of the house are tinted with naturalism. The house is decorated with natural materials or natural tone materials such as rock and wood mixed with wooden and marble pattern ceramic tiles. It makes modern style softer and warmer making the house homey and suitable as residence. Every inch of this house is ideal as house design model with limited space using concept of space utilization, opening to new view and harmonious use of shapes and decorative items. 

Small house in small space site reference
The house is modern. It looks white and clean and outstanding with its shape.
Small house in small space interior design
Making a house homey with natural material items including wooden and marble pattern ceramic tile.

 

Project Name             HOME S 50
Project Owner           Amphaiwan Rungbunpun
Location                        Sukhumvit 50 Bangkok
Area Size                      650 sqm
Architect                      DFAP Architect Co.,Ltd. (Tel. 081-869 7226)
                                           Preecha Nawaprapakul
                                          Sakorn Thongduang
Interior                         Space Plus
Photographer          Boonchet Jongsuwanich

 

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Select the right choice of ceiling board for you

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