Store dry wood properly

Wood is a desirable building material, as it’s renewable and versatile. But how can you meet wood’s particular storage requirements in an affordable way?

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Dried or green? Firewood or timber? Not all wood is the same. It’s not just the use that changes depending on its condition and degree of processing: the storage requirements also differ significantly. If you can meet wood’s essential requirements, you will be able to make the most of this natural product’s potential.

In principle, freshly cut or sawn wood is ‘green’ and is best stored outside in the open air. Dry or seasoned wood for construction, furniture, worktops or flooring, on the other hand, belongs indoors. From solid-structure warehouse buildings to industrial tents, a range of different storage space is available. A temporary building specially designed to meet the requirements of the timber industry, trade and wholesalers offers a low-cost solution. The building can also be moved quickly. This gives companies the power to prevent delivery problems due to disrupted supply chains by increasing their storage capacities.

Timber warehouse

The advantages of a temporary building for boards, planks, etc.

Green or wet wood cannot be used for processing. Construction timber, but also wood for tables, chairs, cupboards, floor boards and worktops, is therefore dried or ‘seasoned’ before use. This is possible through natural air-drying or with the help of artificial processes. The storage building must meet special requirements in order to store the dry wood properly.


1. Protection against moisture

  • Dry wood that is intended for house construction, interior finishing or furniture joinery needs to stay one thing above all, and that’s dry. A storage building offers suitable weather protection from the rain. Compared to a steel building, a temporary building with walls made of robust trapezoidal sheet metal is the significantly cheaper option.


Inner tarpaulin as condensation protection

  • In temporary buildings from Herchenbach, an additional inner tarpaulin made from a highly tear-resistant industrial textile is pulled under the roof tarpaulin. This works as condensation protection, ensuring that moisture can only diffuse outwards and preventing it from dripping onto the wood.


2. No chance for the sun's damaging rays

The storage building protects the wood from direct sunlight. The roof textile is weatherproof with enhanced UV resistance to shield 99.8% of UVA and UVB radiation. And the wood is kept safe from bad weather too, as the roofing is not only resistant to UV light: it protects against rain and hail as well.


3. Sufficient space for air circulation

  • In many cases, a temporary building can be built without any foundation. A paved or asphalted surface is sufficient for anchoring with ground spikes. At the customer's request, Herchenbach can provide other flooring types that can also withstand high point loads. But whichever flooring is chosen, dry wood should not be stored directly on it. Storage on square timbers and pallets provides sufficient space for air circulation. The distance between the materials should also be large enough to allow air to circulate. The Herchenbach modular system provides flexible building size options.

4. Extra-wide gates for optimal operation

  • Dry wood for construction, interior finishing and furniture joinery has already been through the initial processing stage and comes in the form of boards, panels, beams, squared timber and much more. This allows the wood to be stacked more densely for transport. Depending on the forklift used, whether a classic front or side loader, there needs to be sufficient space for transport into and within the building. Extra-wide gates can be installed in temporary buildings from Herchenbach.


5. Fire protection for construction on existing buildings

  • For special fire protection, the highly tear-resistant roof textile is equipped with an additional glass fleece insert. This makes the roofing more resistant to flying sparks and heat. This "hard roofing" is permitted by building regulations for construction on an existing building.
  • In addition, a patented smoke and heat exhaust ventilation system (SHEV) can be installed in the roof tarpaulin. One system – certified according to DIN EN 12101-2 – is enough to remove smoke from up to 400 m² of hall area. If the area is larger, additional SHEV units can be installed.

Timber storage from the building construction

Fast, low-cost storage solution with the added benefit of service

Herchenbach specialises in the construction of aluminium temporary buildings for industry. For a single industry such as the timber trade and wood processing industry, special storage solutions have been combined to be offered as standard in a modular system. Discover our reference projects and develop the optimal solution for your timber storage through your personal contact. 



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