Home | Wood vs Concrete and Steel

Wood has been used in construction for thousands of years. Its properties have been tested and found to be superior to other materials continuously from the earliest of times until today. More and more we see architects and engineers going back to this environmentally friendly, naturally superior material for all kinds of construction projects.

Treated Wooden Poles have been used for Electricity Transmission and Distribution from the earliest times until today. First world countries such as the USA, Australia, England, Norway and France still use wooden poles for electricity transmission today. These countries have each done tests on the suitability of wooden poles against other materials such as steel, concrete and composites and have concluded that wood is still the material of choice for electricity transmission.

On the African continent, Eskom (South Africa’s National Electricity Company) is by far the largest generation and distribution company in Africa with a total output capacity of 44MW. Eskom has used TTP produced wooden poles extensively from its inception in 1939 until today, a supply history of 77 years. TTP has always, and still does, supply Eskom with more treated wooden poles than any other manufacturer.

The benefits of wood:

Government enterprises still using concrete, composite or steel poles are not only paying far more for each pole but they are buying an inferior product as well. The sooner they move to wooden poles the better.

*It is important to note that a wooden pole will only have the desired longevity mentioned above if it has been produced correctly, to high internationally recognized specifications.

Click on the image below to view pdf. ( The image and pdf belong to the North American Wood Pole Council (NAWPC). This is a list of their reasons as to why wood is the material of choice for electricity distribution in the USA (there are over 130 million wooden poles in service in the USA) ).