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Future Proofing Timber in the Shadow of Brexit

Take a look at some of the things we're doing to future proof ourselves in the shadow of Brexit.

As a company, Howarth Timber & Building Supplies have always been believers in the importance of future proofing, especially when it’s difficult to predict what is going to happen with the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit. As such, we feel that it’s crucial to focus on the things that are important to you; our customers; when looking into our future-proofing efforts.  

The Popularity of Decking 

Timber decking has been on the UK market for 30 years now, and the popularity doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of slowing down, perhaps for a variety of reasons: 

  • It’s a great alternative to paved areas and considerably cheaper, as you don’t need to prepare the ground as you would with paving slabs 
  • It can substantially increase the value of a property 
  • Looks great in virtually any outdoor space, no matter how large or small 
  • Drains easily following rainfall 

Composite decking is another popular choice, particularly if you want the appearance of timber without the ongoing maintenance requirements. Composite boards are manufactured from recycled materials and as such won’t rot, warp or splinter as they age. They are also resistant to scratches, fading, and stains. And as such, we have vastly extended our range of Trex composite decking availability to include: 

  • Trex Enhance Naturals 
  • Trex Enhance Basics 

Perhaps one of the key reasons for the rising popularity of composite as an alternative decking choice is the rising concerns for the environment, which leads us into our next effort. 

Protecting the Environment 

The rising concerns for the environment have filled the media for months now, and as a nation, we are keen to shift our gaze towards greener, more sustainable options wherever possible. This is something that has affected most industries from the reduction of plastic straws being handed out in restaurants and bars, to a reduction in the amount of packaging we use. 

As mentioned above, Trex Composite Decking is made from recycled products including plastic bags, which has helped to ensure that vast amounts of plastic are not being unnecessarily sent to landfill. 

As a timber company, we are committed to honouring our pledge to be part of the World Wide Fund (WWF) 2020 Biodiversity Accord.  

Biodiversity is important because it ensures that every species has a key role in the overall productivity of our ecosystem. As humans, we gain a great deal from healthy biodiversity including (but not limited to): 

  • Wood products 
  • Soils formation and protection 
  • Nutrient storage and recycling 
  • Pollution breakdown and absorption 
  • Maintenance of ecosystems 
  • Research, education, and monitoring* 

All timber products that we sell including doors, sheet materials and decking will be approved by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) by the end of 2020. 

We are members of the Timber Trade Federation (TTF); highlighting our commitment to responsible purchasing policies. This ensures that our supply chain meets the sustainability and legal requirements that are set out by the UK government. 

Social Media 

In the shadow of Brexit, less of us are choosing to buy or sell property, and are instead choosing to renovate the homes we already live in. There’s no denying that social media, particularly the photo-sharing Instagram and Pinterest, has also heavily driven the popularity of renovation work. 

On Pinterest, DIY home renovation projects are the third most popular category, whilst on Instagram 1,252,832 posts have been published using the hashtag #homerenovation and 5,000,868 have used the hashtag #renovation.  

As a result, we are boosting our social presence; you can find us on Twitter, Facebookand Instagram for ideas and inspiration. 


Kat Musselwhite - HT Blogger