CUTEK® offers market leading solutions that help governments and councils protect timber in public spaces and save time and money on timber repair and maintenance. New Zealand owned and operated, CUTEK® is renowned for being innovators in the marketplace and have the technical knowledge and expertise to achieve the right outcome for government and council projects.
A cost-effective Timber Protection Plan that works
CUTEK® offers governments and councils a timber protection plan that meets budget requirements and actually works. CUTEK® timber oils are easy to apply and maintain – simply clean and reapply – which reduces labour costs and increases efficiency. CUTEK® oils have a high coverage rate and the superior technology and accumulative protection of maintenance coats provides the longest possible service life.
Serious Sustainability in our DNA
The very purpose for the creation of CUTEK® products was to maximise the service life of timber. It is a simple equation:
Extension of the service life of timber = less trees cut down as their replacement
We manufacture using high-grade raw materials and renewable resources and formulate products with lower VOCs to minimise our carbon footprint. We also plant one tree for every can of CUTEK® oil sold.
Technical Expertise and Advice
Our knowledgeable and friendly staff are technical experts in timber and coatings. We work closely with government and councils to ensure that environmental, efficacy, budget and stakeholder goals are achieved. We also liaise and support government/council staff or subcontractors in the application in maintenance process.
New Zealand innovation that can be tailored to meet project requirements
CUTEK® solutions are birthed out of solving problems for the New Zealand timber industry. Our innovative timber protection technologies and have become internationally recognised as leaders in the timber protection industry. We understand that the requirements of different projects can be different and we can formulate unique solutions to protect government/council project.
CUTEK® technical staff have backgrounds in the timber, construction, design and coatings industries. We are equipped to provide project specific advice and know and understand the environmental, construction and maintenance aspects of timber protection.
We can liaise with and support local government, council, stakeholders and subcontractors through every step of the timber protection process. From specification and design, to construction and application and then ongoing maintenance, CUTEK® staff are there to provide guidance and insight on how to achieve a long-term timber protection outcome that is budget friendly.
CUTEK® timber oils have become the best choice for timber protection for governments and local councils due to the ease of use and maintenance. CUTEK® advanced penetration technology means that our timber oils will not peel or flake over time. This mean the end of costly and time-consuming maintenance that requires timber to be sanded or stripped. Simply clean and reapply.
Further, even when the timber surface has greyed and weathered, CUTEK® timber oils remain permanently mobile in the timber, meaning protection is not compromised even if the outward appearance of the wood has changed.
CUTEK® offers governments and councils a timber protection plan that meets budget requirements and actually works. CUTEK® timber oils are easy to apply and maintain – simply clean and reapply – which reduces labour costs and increases efficiency. Further, CUTEK® has a high coverage rate meaning a little goes a long way. The superior technology and accumulative protection of maintenance coats also provides the longest possible service life.
SUPERIOR PENETRATION WITH SELF-HEALING EFFECT
CUTEK® wood finishes work differently to traditional wood stain/wood oil/acrylic/urethane/natural oils/wood coating products in that CUTEK® protects your timber from the inside out. CUTEK® penetrates deeply into the wood core upon application, protecting it from the damaging effects of liquid and gas phase water, significantly increasing the service life of your timber. It does this by remaining PERMANENTLY MOBILE inside the wood, migrating to any cut or perforation with a self-healing action.
Many opposition products claim to be a penetrating oil finish; however, they often contain a mixture of solvents, polymers and cross-linking natural oils (such as linseed and tung oils) that penetrate only a few millimetres before drying to form an encapsulating type varnish. Because these coatings do not have a self-healing effect, once this varnish is exposed to the weather, water can quickly enter the core of the timber especially if it has been cut or perforated with fasteners leading to a rapid loss of dimensional stability. Additionally, the use of some natural oils in wood coatings can contribute to the development of unsightly mould and fungal growth underneath subsequently applied coatings. This situation can be difficult and costly to fix.
NOTE: Coatings that are not permanently mobile inside the wood and do not exhibit the self-healing effect ARE NOT the same as CUTEK® no matter what is claimed. Our first priority is always to extend and maximise the service life of timber NOT to steer you into the ecosystem of our other products.
CUTEK® Oil = TRUE PENETRATION AND MIGRATION WITH SELF HEALING
LOWER VOC LEVELS THAN MOST COMPETITOR OIL-BASED PRODUCTS
With CUTEK® more protective components penetrate and STAY permanently in the coated timber. A VOC number quantifies how many volatile organic compounds are released from a coating into the environment as it dries.
CUTEK® timber oils typically contain 20-30 % VOC’s whereas many competitor pre-oiling products contain VOC’s at the 50-60 % level (ASTM3960).
The use of lower VOC CUTEK® oils for pre-oiling means that exceptionally high spreading rates may be obtained without any compromise of product efficacy.
Generally speaking, when competing coatings are compared, a cheaper high VOC coating may become a more expensive option when compared to a lower VOC coating when the amount of product that ACTUALLY REMAINS ACTIVE IN THE COATED WOOD is calculated by subtracting the VOC content by volume of each product.
Being sustainable or green has become a slogan, but at CUTEK® it is part of our DNA. The very purpose for the creation of CUTEK® products was to maximise the service life of timber. It is a simple equation: extension of the service life of timber = less trees cut down as their replacement.
CUTEK® products are also manufactured with the use of high-grade recycled raw materials and renewable resources where possible which decreases waste stream and incinerations. We recycle manufacturing materials.
CUTEK® is committed to formulating products with lower Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). This means more protective components penetrate and STAY permanently in the coated timber and less VOCs are released into the environment.
Beyond these internal measures, CUTEK® also gives back. We are champions for the ecological use and long-term protection of timber. We are partnered with One Tree Planted and plant 1 tree for every can of CUTEK® timber oil sold worldwide. At CUTEK® sustainability isn’t a slogan, it is in our DNA.
WE HAVE PARTNERED WITH ONE TREE PLANTED AND ARE COMMITTED TO PLANT 1 TREE FOR EVERY CAN OF CUTEK® OIL SOLD AROUND THE WORLD.