At Hoppings we source the right wood fibre and apply suitable manufacturing control to ensure our machined second fix products are supplied fit for purpose. Our Q-Line machined profiles are predominantly produced from timber from northern latitude sawmills, most of which Hoppings have long standing relationships with. Hoppings continuously audit supplier quality and performance to ensure product availability and quality remains consistently high.
The majority of what we sell is Scandinavian pine (Pinus sylvestris) European redwood, unless where indicated as Scandinavian spruce (Picea abies) also known as European whitewood. Both species must have slow growth characteristics for us to be able to produce a product with minimal distortion and a suitable finish. We prefer to use Scandinavian timber as it has and continues to produce the best results for us.
All Q-Deck & Q-Clad products have DeckMark CladMark accreditation independently assessed by the Timber Decking & Cladding Association TDCA). DeckMark and CladMark are quality assurance (QA) schemes created for the TDCA in consultation with BM TRADA Certification.
The schemes are based on existing quality assurance standards – ISO 9000, EN45011/12, ISO Guide 62/65 and are intended to help all those engaged in the specification, design, installation or purchasing of decking and cladding to ensure that the products they buy will be of the highest quality. To ensure standards of performance are maintained, the accreditation of Hoppings is audited and renewed every 12 months by an independent inspector appointed by the TDCA.
DeckMark Plus is an extension of the TDCA’s DeckMark quality assurance scheme. DeckMark Plus combines a quality accredited product with a formal performance rating. For example DeckMark Plus now enables architects and designers to specify boards that have been independently slip tested in line with BS7976 and provide a ‘low slip potential’ in both wet and dry conditions. Our Q- Grip York and Q-Grip Canterbury deckboards have DeckMark Plus certification (tested to British Standard 7976 parts 1&2).
SmartBoard decking has been independently tested using a pendulum test achieving a Slip Risk Classification of Low (scoring a pendulum test value of 54). The above results have been classified in accordance with the latest UK Slip Resistance Group Guidelines (Issue 5, 2016) and current UK Health & Safety Executive guidance.
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY TIMBER FROM HOPPINGS SOFTWOOD PRODUCTS
Our purchasing decisions are influenced by the information we obtain from suppliers relating to their environmental practices and the areas from which their raw materials are sourced. We are committed to an environmental purchasing policy, which commits us to exclude from production any material which is:
- Harvested from any area where traditional or civil rights are violated;
- Harvested from uncertified forest having high conservation value where management poses a threat to the high conservation values present;
- Harvested from genetically modified trees;
- Illegally harvested.
This policy is overseen and independently certified by BM Trada certification.
In addition we are a participant in the Forest Stewardship Council® and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification chain of custody schemes and are able to supply any of our product types as either FSC® or PEFC certified.
The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) are independent associations that operate to ensure that forests are well managed.
We are also signatories to the Timber Trade Federation Responsible Purchasing Policy (RPP). The RPP is a management system, which assesses suppliers for evidence of the legality and sustainability of supply and encourages them to improve. Buy timber products from Hoppings and support the growth of responsible forest management world-wide.
The WPA is a technical and advisory organisation dedicated to improving the performance and value of wood as a sustainable construction material.
Our aim is to guide specifiers and designers to make the right choices for wood on resistance to decay, insects and fire. The technologies described involve factory treatment of wood and panel products prior to installation. The level of protection is tailored precisely to the application for which wood is to be used.