Sustainability is a core value here at Hollman, and we hold our work to the utmost quality and craftsmanship. Our environment and use of resources heavily influence our decisions in the material. To ensure we get the most of the product, we use wood – veneer (veneer). Don’t let the name fool you; veneer is anything less of a cheap alternative to solid wood.
Let’s start with the basics – the most common misconception is that veneer is not “real” wood. Contrary to popular belief, it is 100% wood, the only difference being veneer is very thin slices of the tree vs. large chunks. The thin slices of wood are then bonded to planks of medium-density fiberboard (MDF) to create a stable substrate which poses multiple benefits to using a solid piece of wood. Solid doors expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity, and over time this will cause the center panel to shift, exposing unfinished wood. With veneer, this factor is close to obsolete. Veneer doors will not warp, fade, expand or contract.
Another fantastic benefit to veneer is that it is environmentally friendly! We can produce 20 veneer panels with 1 log vs. only one panel with solid wood. Having this ability with veneer allows an increased yield from each tree, conserving natural resources while maintaining the natural aesthetics. They are incredibly safe for the environment: Only 3% Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are emitted into the air instead of 80% VOCs emitted with traditional lacquer and varnishes. Resulting in healthier locker rooms that are 100% anti-microbial and 100% formaldehyde-free. VOC’s, like formaldehyde found in lacquers, contribute to the production of ozone, which affects normal lung function according to EPA studies.
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