Brooks Bros are pleased to announce the introduction of Fraké to its already familiar and extensive range of timbers.
Fraké is a thermally modified version of Limba.
Limba is a hardwood species from West Africa, which is thermally modified. After ‘baking’ (at a temperature of 212º Celsius) it is carefully balanced using steam, which alters the cell structure of the timber making it extremely durable and dimensionally stable. This modification process gives the wood a warm walnut-like colour.
Other distinguishing features include: flame-like patterns, black lines through the grain and occasional pinholes which give Fraké its own specific (natural) characteristics.
Due to its durability and striking looks, Fraké is ideal for creating sleek, modern projects in a number of applications including external cladding, garden rooms, decking, fencing and trellising and can also be used internally as cladding, skirting and architraves.
Other key pointers regarding Fraké include its endorsement under the FSC lesser-known timber species (LKTS) programme https://www.lesserknowntimberspecies.com/species/frake-limba, as well as its durability class 1/2 according to EN 113 and its dimension stability and EMC – Shrinking Class 1.
Fraké is currently available in three nominal/sawn dimensions: 23x100mm, 23x125mm and 23x150mm
Despite not needing to protect Fraké (due to its durability rating) a project might be specifically enhanced by a further coating of a coloured or lacquered finish which can be factory applied in the Brooks Bros’ audited and manufacturer approved finishing shop.
For further details of Fraké and to check out the full range of Brooks Bros cladding and decking products, you can download our latest brochures here | or visit the cladding showroom at our Danbury depot | or contact email@example.com – phone 01245 221707 A recent example of how Fraké has helped enhance a new build project is here at Channels Golf Club in Chelmsford, where Brooks Bros supplied 18×144 BB11 channel cladding in natural Fraké. Each complete with cumaru hardwood decking over hanging the water (also supplied by Brooks Bros), these stunning, architecturally designed, lakeside homes did not compromise on quality.