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Wood for life – why exterior wood products are here to stay


When Gordon Aitken first considered cladding his family home in 2006, he longed for a natural wood finish on his home’s exterior but imagined that he’d be forever maintaining, coating and touching up the façade of his house near Glenrothes in Scotland.

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10 years later and Gordon has been pleasantly surprised. After choosing to use ACCOYA®, a modified wood, Gordon hasn’t once had to scale a ladder or coat his home’s cladding with tins of lacquer in a full decade, proving how resilient the wood is.

Gordon’s home was the world’s first ever property to be clad with ACCOYA – a virtually rot proof, non-toxic and highly durable natural wood product with a 50 year above ground guarantee. Finished ten years ago and setting a new benchmark for long lasting exterior wood products, this use of ACCOYA has changed the perception of how wood can be used for residential projects.

Bricks and mortar are the mainstays of UK house building. They cope reasonably well with driving rain, gusting winds and freezing temperatures, which unfortunately we’re all so used to. Wood, albeit attractive, natural and environmentally friendly, has for a long time been considered an inferior material, prone to shrinking, warping and rotting. However, things are changing.

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After 90 years of wood science, the process of transforming softwoods into products mirroring the resilience of tropical hardwoods has recently become widely available. The process is known as acetylation. Acetylation alters the wood’s chemical structure making it practically impermeable to water and therefore not vulnerable to swelling or shrinkage.

ACCOYA’s sister product, MEDITE® TRICOYA® Extreme, made from the same process is an extremely durable wood-based panel, offering the design flexibility of MDF with the resilience of hardwood. It has been described as “absolutely unique” and one of the greatest advances in board products in the last 10 years.

Both products have won a host of awards from environmental bodies around the world, demonstrating the products’ commitment to sustainable building and design.

Wood’s popularity amongst home owners is certainly on the up, and with products such as ACCOYA and MEDITE TRICOYA EXTREME making real waves, it seems logical that this upward trend is here to last.

Inspired by design? Visit Accoya’s new blog to view a selection of project stories.

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