What is Accoya Wood?
Tim Daly |
Accoya is a revolutionary type of timber that has taken the construction and design industries by storm.
How is Accoya Wood Made?
It is a specially modified wood that offers unparalleled durability, stability, and sustainability. Accoya wood starts its journey as sustainably sourced softwood, typically radiata pine, and undergoes a unique and proprietary process known as acetylation.
Through the acetylation process, Accoya wood is treated with acetic anhydride, resulting in remarkable transformations. The chemical modification alters the wood's cell structure, enhancing its properties to a remarkable degree.
The result is a wood that defies the limitations of traditional timber, making it highly resistant to rot, decay, and insect damage.
One of the most remarkable aspects of Accoya wood is its exceptional durability. With a service life that can exceed 50 years above ground and 25 years in freshwater contact, it surpasses the lifespan of most untreated woods. This durability, combined with its improved dimensional stability, ensures that Accoya wood remains strong and intact even in challenging environmental conditions. In sheet material form it is comaparable to Marine Grade Plywood
Accoya wood's resistance to decay and fungal growth is another standout feature. Its modified cell structure makes it highly unattractive to insects, greatly reducing the risk of termite and other insect damage. This makes Accoya wood an ideal choice for outdoor applications such as decking, cladding, and windows.
In addition to its remarkable physical properties, Accoya wood is also an environmentally friendly choice. It is sourced from sustainably managed forests, utilizing fast-growing softwood species. The acetylation process itself is non-toxic and eco-friendly, using only vinegar and acetic acid, which are naturally occurring substances.
Furthermore, Accoya wood offers excellent paint and stain retention, allowing finishes to last longer and require less maintenance. This feature adds to its appeal as a versatile and aesthetically pleasing option for a wide range of applications, including interior and exterior joinery, doors, structural uses, and more.
In summary, Accoya wood is a game-changer in the world of timber. Its unique chemical modification process imparts unparalleled durability, stability, and resistance to decay and insects.
Where is Accoya made?
It is made at the factory in Arnhem, Netherlands. To learn more about the factory, here is a short video on the Accoya Production Facility
Is Accoya Wood Expensive?
Well, lets not pretend such a high quality of wood is going to be cheap. However, with it’s growing popularity and volume production, the costs in the UK now offer great value for money.
For more details or a quote on lengths or sheets of Accoya, get in touch with us at Armstrong Cheshire by phone or live chat.
With its sustainable sourcing and enhanced aesthetic appeal, Accoya wood has become the preferred choice for architects, builders, landscapers and designers seeking high-performance materials that stand the test of time. We are very pleased to be selling such a great timber product.