Designing for projects which have highly corrosive or damp areas can be fraught with challenges—even more so when utilising timber, which naturally expands, contracts and can degrade subject to environmental considerations.
Sculptform’s Click-on Batten system offers designers and installers a variety of options when it comes to environments such as pool or spa areas.
With everything from the corrosion resistance of the system components to recommendations around timber and timber look options, you have come to the right place to learn everything you need about designing for wet areas.
Sculptform’s Click-on Batten System
Firstly, let’s go through each part of the system and its resistance to factors such as moisture, salt and chlorine. The Click-on Batten system consists of four main components.
The best options for wet areas
Timber is a popular option, however species selection is vital when designing for pool areas. Certain timber species are much more susceptible to movement and should not be used in a damp environment.
The main concern with using timber in high-moisture areas is the possibility of mould growth and degradation. Species such as Spotted Gum and Blackbutt are rated as having Class 1 durability, making them highly resistant to these factors and ideal for use in humidity environments. While all timber is prone to expansion due to moisture in the air, the Click-on Batten system is designed to accommodate this movement. A coating such as Clear Oil will protect the timber while preserving the natural aesthetic.
If a timber aesthetic is required and the timber species selected is not viable, Sculptform’s Wood Finish Aluminium aluminium battens provide another option. These aluminium battens are coated in a timber-look wrap which is highly resistant to moisture.