When choosing what your door should be made of, wood remains a popular choice – with thanks to its versatility, the attractiveness and uniqueness of each piece, and the fact it is generated from a natural source.
But strong aesthetics alone is not enough – especially when it comes to a safe and secure front door. Any material used needs to be highly robust, long-lasting and durable. Not to mention the appeal of blocking sound and conserving heat. When it comes down to it, it’s the quality of the wood that counts.
That is why we use Accoya®.
What is Accoya® wood?
Accoya® timber is the world’s leading long-life wood. It is a timber that has been modified via a process called ‘acetylation’, which increases its durability, enabling it to resist rot, defy the elements and stay strong and resilient for decades to come – all without affecting its natural appearance.
From a sustainability perspective, while other types of durable woods tend to be slower growing species, Accoya® is made using fast-growing, sustainably forested radiata pine. Better yet, nothing is added to the wood that doesn’t naturally occur in it, making it an environmentally-friendly and sustainable timber.
And the benefits are endless…
For most wood materials, temperature, humidity and poor weather conditions are all critical factors that can increase the likelihood of swelling and shrinkage, and in turn, can have unwelcome implications. With Accoya®, the risk is reduced by 75% or more, meaning you won’t need to worry about doors rotting, splitting, jamming or letting in drafts.
Lasting 50 years above ground, and 25 years in-ground or freshwater, Accoya® has Class 1 durability. This surpasses even teak. It forms an effective barrier to insect attack, being indigestible to microorganisms and insects and therefore more durable to wood-destroying fungi, and is virtually rot-proof.
Accoya® is the perfect choice for doors. The wood is easy to coat as it requires less preparation and sanding that others. Its improved stability also means coatings last up to two times longer, which reduces the need for maintenance.
In comparison to other commonly used hardwood and softwood species, Accoya® wood offers superior thermal insulation. This provides energy conservation advantages such as when used in applications including window frames as well as front doors – saving you money on your energy bills in the long-run.
Accoya® is sourced from FSC® and other regionally certified woods, meaning it is a naturally renewable material. It also provides compelling environmental advantages over slow-growing hardwoods and woods treated with toxic chemicals, meaning that Accoya® can be safely reused, recycled and incinerated.
When it comes to a new Bespoke front door, a lot of aspects need to be considered: from style, colour, size and hardware. However, one major feature to be mindful of is the material of the door. With Accoya®, you can guarantee an attractive, long-lasting, highly durable and easy-to-maintain door that will last through decades of use. What’s not to love?