Why Choose Accoya® Wood For Your Windows and Doors?
There are many decisions that need to be made when it comes to developing a residential or commercial property. From structural and architectural considerations, to specifying materials for windows and doors, should you choose wood for your windows and doors? If so which type, do you need to use hardwood for external doors and windows?
Homeowners who are considering buying timber windows and doors may falsely assume that there is always a high level of maintenance and upkeep required to ensure they maintain their condition and do not rot. Most homeowners don’t realize they have the option to choose wooden windows or solid wood doors which do not need lots of maintenance.
What Makes Accoya Windows and Doors Different?
In producing Accoya® wood, the chemical structure of the wood is modified from the surface to the core, providing a class leading durable and exceptionally stable product. Not only does it have an extremely low thermal conductivity, but it matches or exceeds the durability and dimensional stability of the best tropical hardwoods. It can be opaque coated or for those wishing to enjoy the natural look of wood, translucent coated. The low maintenance requirements add to its cost-effectiveness and environmental credentials.
What applications can Accoya® be used for?
Accoya® offers a superior level of performance to traditional softwoods, often exceeding that of even the most durable tropical hardwoods. It is ideal for exterior applications such as doors, window frames, garden decking, façades, cladding and sidings, boat decks and garden furniture – all locations where exposure to the elements and dimensional stability and durability are important.
Benefits of Accoya® wood
- Lasting 50 years above ground, 25 years in ground/freshwater Class 1 durability, surpassing even teak
- Virtually rot proof
- 70 years minimum service life stated by TRADA
- Offers improved insulation in comparison with commonly used hardwood and softwood species
- Ideal for applications where energy conservation is important
- Indigestible to a wide range of insects, including termites
- Greatly reduced vulnerability
Retained strength & hardness
- The process does not compromise the wood’s strength
- Hardness is increased
- High strength to weight ratio makes it suitable for challenging applications
Non-toxic & recyclable
- Protects the environment from the harmful effects of common treatments
- May be safely reused, recycled and incinerated
- Swelling and shrinkage reduced by 75% or more
- Doors and windows open effortlessly year round
- Reduced maintenance costs