Accoya Timber – features and benefits

Rudd Joinery, on 2nd November, 2018

Wood has been one of man’s main building materials for millennia. From huts to manor houses and churches to bridges, we’ve used this versatile and sustainable material to build much of the world around us.

Over the years, the material hasn’t really changed. Although the mechanics of the manufacturing process are now incredibly advanced, for a long time, the wood itself remained unchanged. However, the introduction of Accoya Timber has changed all that. Incredibly innovative and perfect for modern building methods, Accoya offers a number of benefits over traditional timber. Keep reading to find out more.

What is Accoya?

Accoya is the name given to timber that’s been through a high-tech hardening process. The wood used to create Accoya is soft wood that’s sourced from sustainable forests and plantations. However, once it’s been processed, the resulting product is as tough and as durable as the best tropical hard woods.

How is Accoya made?

The technology behind the Accoya manufacturing process is based on acetylation. This method has been studied and developed by scientists around the world for over 75 years and has been proven to deliver superior quality wood and high-performance materials.

The benefits of Accoya

Although Accoya displays many of the qualities and benefits of hardwood, it’s made using fast-growing, ethically sourced soft wood. This means that it’s a lot more affordable to produce and has less of an impact on the environment. Tropical hard woods can take decades to mature and harvesting them is often difficult and destructive. Being able to replace these hard wearing materials with Accoya is great news for the environment and for builders looking to use quality materials.

What can Accoya be used for?

Once it’s been processed, Accoya is incredibly tough and hard wearing. The material is able to resist dry rot and is guaranteed for up to 50 years above ground and 25 years in the ground or in fresh water.

The affordability, availability and quality of Accoya makes it ideal for a wide range of building projects. Use Accoya to build the frame for a timber home, to create furniture, build stairs, make window and door frames and for a huge variety of other projects. Accoya is also perfect for use in outside builds. Decking, wood cladding and outside seating areas made from Accoya will all be incredibly durable, hard-wearing and easy to build.

If you’d like to find out more about this innovative material and its uses, or if you want to get a quote for an Accoya build of your own, explore our site or speak to one of the members of our team today.