Created from sustainably sourced softwood; Accoya wood matches or exceeds the durability, stability and beauty of the very best tropical hardwoods. It originates through Radiata Pine, harvested and then undergoes an acetylation process that is non-toxic to the environment and helps modify the wood to its core.
At Bespoke Front Door, we use Accoya wood to build all of our doors, and for good reason too. Not only is the wood naturally beautiful and pleasant to look at, but it also offers endless advantages when it comes to durability, maintenance and insulation. Here are just some of the main benefits that come with using Accoya wood.
The main factor that makes Accoya wood a much superior choice to other tropical hardwoods is its increased durability. The acetylation process eradicates the wood’s property of absorbing water, making if the perfect choice for a long-lasting external door. In fact, Accoya wood can last up to 50 years above ground and is virtually rot-proof. It’s also insect-resistant, with the wood being indigestible to a wide range of insects, including termites.
Despite the acetylation process, it does not compromise the wood’s strength. In fact, the hardness is increased, resulting in a wood that is not only strong but also lightweight. It’s the perfect ratio of weight to strength that will aid in any challenging application or project – especially external applications like windows and doors.
When compared to commonly used hardwoods or softwoods, Accoya offers more natural and effective insulation. Not to mention, swelling and shrinkage is reduced by at least 75% when using Accoya wood, so you don’t need to be concerned about nasty draughts during those chilly winter months. By delivering long term performance here, it will significantly reduce energy costs, making for a long-term investment.
Accoya wood is non-toxic and 100% recyclable, made from legally harvested wood from well-managed sustainable sources including FSC, PEFCTM and other regionally certified woods. Not only that, the entire manufacturing process is non-toxic in which nothing is added to the wood that does not already naturally occur in it.
Therefore, not only does Accoya wood protect the environment from the harmful effects of common treatments during its life, but it can also be safely reused, recycled and incinerated when no longer required.
Because swelling and shrinkage are reduced by around 75%, and because of the generally increased durability of the wood, Accoya provides a more stable surface in which coatings adhere better. Any paint or film-forming coating will stand the test of time when applied to Accoya wood, resulting in less time maintaining the wood, less money spent on further coats, and less impact on the environment too.
This is another reason it’s such a good choice for external projects like front doors because a quick paint job will typically last twice as long as it would when painted on other tropical hardwoods, in which the paint or varnish may start to split or crack. And, not to mention, it opens a whole new world of possibilities when it comes to colour/finish options, with Accoya wood naturally taking to colour well and effortlessly.