We recently talked about how to best preserve and maintain the wood within you home. For a quick reminder, here is the relevant article. That may have got you thinking… What are the benefits of wood over other materials and is it still something that is widely used in the construction of homes and their constituent parts? So we are taking a step back this month and looking at this a little more closely: what are the benefits – and disadvantages – of wood as a construction material?
As technology progresses, people are finding new and innovative materials to use in their home. While futuristic options have made an impressive mark over time, from the introduction of the plastic chair in 1967 to the digitally activated furniture we see now, nothing has stood the test of time like wooden furniture.
In a world where mass-manufactured furniture becomes ever cheaper (and of ever dwindling quality) there can be few as satisfying an option as commissioning a completely bespoke piece of furniture designed and manufactured on your exacting terms. Here is our comprehensive guide as how the process works and what considerations you’ll have to think about along the way.
What is it?
Accoya wood is produced from sustainably sourced, fast growing wood using a non-toxic modification process from the surface to the core. The result is a durable, stable, reliable and beautiful solid wood with the performance characteristics of the most durable tropical hardwoods but offering very valuable environmental credentials. Accoya can be used to produce beautiful, custom-made joinery products, such as windows and doors, that are low maintenance, highly stable and can be expected to match or even exceed the performance durable hardwoods such as oak, teak, iroko and sapele……..
Ten good reasons to choose Accoya:
1.Durable – your joinery will stand the test of time and not require replacement for a least 60 years.
2.Beautiful natural product which can be recoated, repaired or recycled at the end of its useful life.
3.Stable – windows and doors will be resistant to swelling or shrinkage
4.Low maintenance – factory coated products are guaranteed for 10 years.
5.Sustainable – by enhancing the durability and stability of a fast growing, abundantly available timber, Accoya has a significant environmental advantage over slow growing hardwoods which are often limited in their sustainable supply.
6.Non-toxic – the acetylation process used to alter the molecular structure of the timber to create Accoya is non toxic unlike other preparations and processes used to preserve hardwoods and softwoods.
8.Naturally insulating – significantly improved thermal insulation qualities over most hardwoods.
9.Versatile – it can be opaque, transculent or transparent coated with water based finishes which can last up to three times longer.
10.Tried and tested – Accoya has been tested over prolonged periods in all types of weathering conditions – above ground, below ground and even in water.
Parsons Joinery have successfully completed the Accoya Certification Scheme which means that we have a full understanding of the manufacturing process and the correct use of ancillary materials, finishes and ironmongery.
Watch this promotional film on Accoya the ‘wood of the future’.
For further information please contact Joanne or Trevor on 01273 814870
Investing in replacement windows and/or doors for your home takes careful consideration and you need to feel confident that the choices you make are going to give you good value for money – why choose wood?
BEAUTY AND QUALITY – First and foremost, wood is naturally beautiful, adding character and warmth to your property and often value too.
DURABILITY – A good quality wooden window or door will, with careful maintenance, last a lifetime and a fully factory finished piece of joinery should give up to 10 years of life before it requires recoating.
SUSTAINABILITY – wood is a natural product and is endlessly renewable through recycling and renewable energy.
VERSATILITY – wooden joinery can be painted to change its appearance to match your current decorating scheme. Wooden joinery can be renovated and repaired.
VALUE FOR MONEY – when compared with other high quality construction materials.
AUTHENTICITY – the best choice for period properties as it replaces like for like and can be moulded to replicate original features.
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY – growing trees absorb emissions. Each tonne of timber used instead of other building materials saves around a tonne of carbon dioxide. Timber products are biodegradable, rotting away naturally when they come to the end of their lifespan.
PRACTICALITY – wooden windows and doors can be manufactured to incorporate modern thermally efficient glass and security ironmongery.
Contact us if you’re thinking of replacing your windows or doors for timber – 01273 814870
Choosing your finish
At Parsons we try not to be prescriptive about any aspects of our customer service and endeavour to accommodate the individual requirements of our customers – a truly bespoke service.
However, we do emphasise the importance of a high quality finish and a rigorous maintenance programme to preserve both the appearance and longevity of our products.
Like any high performance, engineered product, timber windows and doors require care and attention and the finish applied either prior to installation or immediately following will determine durability, efficient performance and visual appeal. We use our considerable experience of the characteristics of timber and thorough research of the market to select the finishes that we recommend for our joinery.
Many of the projects that we undertake are for customers who love the appearance of European oak and, undoubtedly, the warm tones and attractive wood grain in oak windows and doors can transform the appearance of a property. Here are some examples of previous projects:
- ‘Oak windows in Copthorne’, our clients replaced white upvc windows with oak doors and windows to upgrade the appearance of their detached home.
- ‘Listed property window replacement’ illustrates an example of new oak windows matching perfectly with the existing 16th century windows once the old brown paint had been removed, transforming the appearance of Heart’s Delight cottage.
- ‘Oak windows and doors barn conversion’, replacement oak windows and doors improve the authenticity of this barn conversion in Ripe.
However, European oak is one of the most expensive timber options and, when undertaking any renovation project, the available budget may not allow for the price of oak even though aesthetically it may be the preferred option………….we may be able to offer an alternative solution.
Grandis oak: 100% FSC Red Grandis timber with Teknos protective oak stain
Combining the outstanding workability and durability of Red Grandis with Teknos’ aesthetic and protective oak stain – a great oak look available at a fraction of the cost.
Apart from excellent value for money and the beauty of a natural product, why choose Grandis oak?
- Durability and performance
- Teknos system out performs traditional treatments for rot, mould and moisture ingress
- Extended prevention against weathering
- Fully water based system reduces harmful emissions associated with solvent based preservatives
- Simple maintenance keeps joinery performing and looking great
- Grandis is a responsibly sourced, plantation grown timber which is 100% FSC
Call us on 01273 814870
to view our showroom sample and to book your free site survey and quotation.
Here at Parsons Joinery we are constantly researching alternative timbers and processes to offer cost effective joinery solutions to our customers. Most recently, we have been working with a South American timber called Red Grandis, a member of the Eucalyptus family.
- Responsibly sourced
- FSC pure
- Cost effective alternative to other hardwoods
- Plantation grown
- Durable and fungui resistant
- Outstanding structural stability
- Uniform in colour, appearance and grain
- High quality finish
- High end product at an affordable price
- Can be stained to resemble oak
For a free quotation or for further information, please call Joanne or Trevor on 01273 814870.
Accoya® and Medite® Tricoya® Win Supreme Innovation Award at this year’s Timber Expo in the UK.
UK Timber Industry Experts recognise high performance and innovative products
Revolutionary products Accoya® wood and Medite® Tricoya® panels have won the top award at this year’s Timber Expo 2012.
The innovative and high performance wood based products scooped the show’s Supreme Award for Innovation – a prestigious award which recognises a ‘product of solution that, in the eyes of the judges, stands out above all other innovations at the show.’
The award – for both Accoya Wood and wood-based panel product Medite Tricoya – reflects the outstanding levels of performance, stability and durability produced by the wood’s advanced acetylation technology through Accsys Technologies proprietary wood modification process.
Announcing their winning commendation the judges, who were made up of the UK’s leading timber experts stated that both Accoya and Medite Tricoya products are: “truly ground-breaking and that the campaign to bring this technology to the marketplace has been very strategic and professionally managed.
The judges added that they felt that the “degree of product innovation, marketing and communication meant that Accsys and Medite through the joint development agreement deserved the Supreme Award for Innovation at this years’ show.”
Accoya produced in Europe by Accsys Technologies and the latest Medite Tricoya panel product produced by Coillte Panel Products are some of the most advanced wood products on the market and uses the latest in wood acetylation technology to deliver outstanding levels of performance, stability and durability.
These products are the result of more than 80 years research and development on wood acetylation which takes sustainably-sourced, fast growing softwood and non durable hardwoods and, in a non toxic process creates a new durable, stable and beautiful product that offers the very best environmental credentials.
Welcoming the awards, Bryan Crennell, Director of Sales and Marketing from Accsys Technologies said: “This is just the latest in a succession of industry awards and third part independent validation for both Accoya and Medite Tricoya across the world which recognises the huge progress we and Medite, through our joint development agreement have made in bringing these products to market over the last few years.
“We are now providing architects, specifiers, builders and contractors with new, innovative and high performance wood products and panel solutions which match and exceed the properties of the best tropical hardwoods that are ideally suited for exterior use.”
Peter Clifton, Product Manager for Medite Tricoya at Coillte Panel Products said “We are really pleased to have been recognised for the extremely hard work that has been put in to the launch and subsequent development of Medite Tricoya. This award reinforces the course that we are taking to present this unique product to the various sectors in which it can be used.”