Frequently Asked Questions

 
Question:
What wood is used to make these benches?
Answer:
New Zealand, plantation grown Macrocarpa Timber
Question:
What steps are taken to minimise cracking?
Answer:
All benches are treated with a wax coating on the end grain to stabilise the drying process.
Question:
Is the timber treated?
Answer:
The Forest Research Association of New Zealand classes Macrocarpa timber as Moderately Durable. This means it has a life expectancy of up to 50 years in normal outdoor exposure.
Question:
What about in the ground?
Answer:
Ground contact is minimised by using our own galvanised brackets to lock the benches to the concrete bases. The area in contact with the concrete is treated with a preservative and sealed with a wax emulsion or the bench is isolated from the concrete with treated pine. Where in ground contact cannot be avoided such as with bollards the timber is treated with a paint on preservative.
Question:
Are these brackets readily available?
Answer:
All necessary hold-down brackets are made for The Park Bench Co Ltd and are supplied with the bench.
Question:
Are the benches painted?
Answer:
The surface of the benches is treated with a water repellent and mould inhibitor. This dries to a clear finish and gives the timber a golden colour that fades to a weathered silver grey. The coating makes the timber dry quicker after rain.
Question:
How is graffiti removed?
Answer:
The best way is to use a large grinder with 120 grit disks. Simply sand back the surface of the timber to a clean “as new” appearance.
Question:
What about painting or other coatings?
Answer:
We do not recommend using any coating other than that applied at the time of manufacture. Coatings peel off over time and are easily scratched thereby making ongoing maintenance more time consuming.
Question:
Are these benches easy to repair?
Answer:
Slabs can be replaced or the whole bench can be removed from the hold-down brackets and sent to The Park Bench Co Ltd. for repair.
Question:

Macrocarpa vs Pine?

  - the choice is yours
 

We often receive enquiries for our furniture to be manufactured out of treated pine

This is possible but there are some considerations

  • Due to the bigger sizes of timber Park Benches uses, we get all of our timber milled specifically
  • Generally, in bigger sizes, macrocarpa is more readily available than pine.
  • New Zealand foresters generally harvest pine plantations at sizes smaller than what is required by Park Benches.
  • Pressure treatment of pine does not fully penetrate the full depth of the timber sizes used by Park Benches.

To overcome these difficulties, Park Benches keeps in contact will foresters who may have oversized trees in their plantations.

Park Benches has a milling contractor who can work the bigger logs.

Park Benches pre-machines all of our pine furniture before any treatment so as not to compromise the integrity of the treatment by machining after.

Park Benches has all pine products treated to standard H4.1, greater than that is required for above ground use.

There are some pieces, like the 400 x 450 Beam Seats, where we just can’t access big enough pine logs and will continue to be made of Macrocarpa.

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For further information, please contact Gordon Wallis at Park Benches Limited
35b Mangauika Road
RD6
Pirongia
Waikato, New Zealand
Mobile: 0273 704 608
Phone: 07 871 9232  Fax : 07 871 9236
e-mail us at info@parkbenches.co.nz

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