The wooden lining accompanies the decoration of bedrooms, living rooms, corridors and entrance halls very well. And, with proper care, it can also be used in more humid areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. External areas, which suffer from temperature changes and the presence of sun and rain, can also benefit from the beauty of the wooden lining, just prepare the material with specific products.
Installed in veneers, better known as wainscoting, the wooden ceiling has a wide variety of tones, depending on the wood chosen. Then just plan the environment so that it stays the way you dream.
In this post you will get to know all the advantages and disadvantages of a wooden ceiling, the main characteristics of this material, the necessary care for conservation and the most used types of wooden ceiling. Let’s start?
Types of wood lining
The most common wooden ceilings found in the Brazilian market are Pinus, Cedrinho, Perobinha, Cumaru, Jatobá and Ipê types. These woods are the most indicated for their density and easy drying, since they do not retain much moisture.
In terms of termites, Imbuia, Jacarandá, Ipê and Peroba-Rosa are the most resistant. The availability of wood types may vary from region to region. Because of this, try to know in advance if where you live it is possible to find the material you want.
The color of the ceiling also changes depending on the type of wood used. The Cedrinho type has a more reddish appearance, while the Perobinha type has a brownish yellow color. The brown tone is obtained with Jatobá. Pinus has the lightest color of all and is made with reforestation wood.
Take this information into account when choosing the ideal wood for your home’s ceiling. They will determine the aesthetics and strength of the lining.
Advantages of wood lining
1. Thermal insulation
For a warm and welcoming home, bet on the wooden lining. The material is a great thermal insulator, keeping the house temperature always ideal. Cool in summer and heated in winter.
2. Diversity of finishes
The wooden lining allows numerous finishing options. Starting with the choice of wood that, as mentioned above, sets the tone of the ceiling. But if you prefer, you still have the possibility to paint the lining in the color you want. White or colored. It’s up to you.
To make the lining the color of the wood, apply varnish. To color it, paint it with latex paint after sanding all the wood.
An important tip: the white color is neutral and fits well in any environment, since the other colors can leave the lining too contrasting. So stay tuned with the color choice so as not to weigh the look and do not trip over the rest of the decor.
Wood is a very resistant and durable material. Therefore, very suitable for composing the ceiling structure.
However, to obtain the maximum durability of the wood it is necessary to take some special care that we will mention below.
One of the main advantages of wood lining is its aesthetic effect. The material speaks very well with various styles of decoration and always provides that extra touch.
In combination with brick or stone walls, the lining helps to create a more rustic environment. With neutral and sober colors, the wood gives sophistication to the place. Everything will depend on the use of the other elements of the decoration. But, in general, the wooden ceiling tends to accentuate, highlight or contrast with the rest of the decoration.
One thing is certain: it will not go unnoticed.
Disadvantages of wood lining
When compared to other types of ceiling – such as PVC or plaster – the wooden ceiling is at a disadvantage. The material is usually more expensive and, depending on the wood chosen, the price varies a lot too.
The lining of Pinus is the one that presents the best cost-benefit ratio. So, if your desire is to install a wooden lining, adapt your project so that it fits in your pocket.
2. Regular maintenance
Another disadvantage that needs to be taken into account is the periodic maintenance that this type of material requires. This maintenance includes painting with varnish and applying products to ward off insects, such as termites. Without proper treatment, wood can also accumulate fungi and bacteria and end up rotting.
However, although it seems expensive and laborious, the truth is that this maintenance ends up being an advantage. A liner that undergoes frequent maintenance is less prone to infestations by pests or natural wear and tear.
This way, you will have a beautiful lining for much longer, since wood is a material of high durability and resistance.
Moisture is one of the main enemies of wood. The material easily absorbs the humidity of the environments and this characteristic can yield unpleasant consequences, such as the plastering of the wainscoting and the appearance of mold. In addition to causing the wood to rot.
And if the humidity doesn’t come from the environment, it can come from the roof. But to avoid possible leaks and seepage from above, the tip is to coat the lining on the inside with a blanket. Thus, water does not come into contact with wood.
For outdoor areas, which tend to suffer more from humidity, it is already possible to find wood prepared for this type of environment on the market. But, prepare the pocket, because this type of wood has an even greater value than the traditional lining.
Termites are also on the list of disadvantages of wood lining. These small insects can cause the biggest headache and put the entire lining at risk.
But, just as it is possible to get around the other problems, this is also easily controlled with the regular use of specific products that protect the wood from attack by pests. There is also the option of wood ceilings that are more resistant to termites, such as Imbuia, for example.
One application every five years is enough to keep insects away.
Installation of wooden lining
The wooden lining offers some aesthetic possibilities at the time of installation that help a lot to compose the visual effect of the environment. It can be installed horizontally, vertically and even diagonally, creating different compositions and lines on the ceiling.
Installation, as a rule, is simple, but it is important that it is done by a professional to ensure perfect fittings and joints between the parts. Generally, the slats are fitted together in the male and female system and, furthermore, secured with an individual clip.
Check if the ceiling model chosen is fixed or removable. There are two types available on the market, but removable ones are more suitable, in case the need for adjustments or changes of parts should arise in the future.
After installation, varnish (or paint) and a termite protector must be applied.
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