Exposed posts, beams and trusses have been used for centuries to provide aesthetically pleasing and functional features to architecture – particularly for vaulted ceilings. Though the traditional materials used for such architectural framing included hardwoods, their weight, susceptibility to decay and environmental impact have encouraged architects to look for sustainable alternatives.
The innovation behind Eva-Last’s Lifespan range of forest-friendly trussing materials has combined market-leading composite materials with lightweight aluminium components to create incredibly versatile profiles to complement any space.
Lifespan brings together a surface with a natural timber appearance and the concealed high-performance longevity of aluminium with none of the drawbacks of wood; warping, cracking, fading, splitting and susceptibility to environmental conditions.
By installing Lifespan in either vertical or horizontal applications, a commercial or residential space can benefit from the character, visual warmth and aesthetic features, to exude rustic elegance.
Lifespan’s endless versatility also provides design opportunities to create eco-friendly pergolas, cladding, screening, railing and other decorative architectural showpieces that benefit from longevity and performance far superior to natural timber. Lifespan’s span capabilities significantly exceed those of other composite products. With its aluminium hollow core and Eva-Tech composite external layer providing long-lasting protection and a range of attractive finishes, Lifespan comes with a 10-year warranty.
“Through a tri-extrusion process to bond the elements of Lifespan together, this range of products is highly resistant to severe climatic and biodeterioration conditions. Lifespan has been engineered to meet industrial norms and architects have benefited from its light weight, while requiring no reinforcement and less time to install thanks to easier handling. It also requires no maintenance and upkeep, unlike real timber,” says Eva-Last CEO Marc Minne.
A major benefit for all end users is Lifespan’s environmental credentials, making use of recycled materials and solar energy in manufacturing. “Lifespan helps to preserve valuable natural resources while providing finishes and aesthetics that are indistinguishable from the timber appearance we all know and love. This – along with UV resistance for both indoor and outdoor applications – makes Lifespan the ideal choice for any exposed beams and trusses, such as in the post-and-beam loft style,” says Minne.
Underneath its beautiful exterior, Lifespan offers market-leading technical specifications in flexural stability, weather resistance, application opportunities and biodegradation through attack by organisms like termites, fungi and bacteria.