“Steenschotten” are an absolute classic in the Belgian reuse marketplace, as well as in the Netherlands to a smaller degree. “Steenschotten” are first used in brick factories. Hollow concrete blocks that have just been moulded and taken out of their mould are placed on these “steenschotten” to dry. The “steenschotten” are replaced every now and again. By that time, they have gathered a weathered look due to the heat the bricks give off during the drying process.
“Steenschotten” always consist of a number of wooden planks (Azobe, Douglas or Larch) that interlock using a pin and groove system. The separate planks are then bundled together tightly with large metal wood screws and the cross-cut sides are protected along the entire width and strengthened using (galvanized) metal C-profiles. The element is mainly used for terrace decking, but nothing is stopping you from using it as panelling, or any other use you can think of.
Wooden terrace decking is less commonly available in the market, but there is a relatively steady supply from a number of sellers. Typically, the planks are popular because of their grey colour, obtained through years of exposure to the elements.
Another type of wood that is used often for terraces is timber formerly used for naval applications. This wood originates from the dismantling of dam walls, pontoons or pontoon bridges. Specialised dealers often even have ship planks or ship deck floors on stock. All of these are usually elements in Azobe wood, available in planks with a thickness of 3 to 4 cm. This is very heavy wood (>1000kg/m³).
Commonly available products
- “Steenschotten” type wood from Azobe hard wood
- “Steenschotten” type wood from Douglas fir sapwood
- The common types for terrace decking: Bankirai, Azobe, Oak, etc.
- Ship wood, ship planks or ship deck floors from Azobe.
“Steenschotten” are typically sold untreated.
The treatments of terrace decking also tends to be minimal. The reason for this is to maintain the naturally weathered appearance and because the various planks in a lot are often all already of the same length and width. If desired, the following treatments can usually be provided:
- Re-calibration: certain sellers offer the service of re-calibrating the wood to a default thickness.
- Sawing: the planks can be sawed in regular dimensions (in one, two or three dimensions).
- Finish: the panels and planks can be treated (sanded, brushed, etc.) or left rough.
- Panels in Douglas fir sapwood of 140 × 100 × 5 cm: ~14 EUR/m²
- Azobe panels 140 × 110 × 4,5 cm: ~17,5 - 32 EUR/m²
Wooden terrace decking:
- Azobe planks: 300 x 20 x 3cm: ~45 EUR/m²
- Planks of 3 cm thick: from 29 to 35 EUR/m²
- Planks of 4 cm thick: from 29 to 50 EUR/m²