Accoya Can Offer Service Life of 70 Years
Following third party testing of Accoya, the modified wood manufactured by Accsys Technologies, its expected service life has been extended to 70 years when used for window joinery in the UK and Europe, the company reports. The independent tests were performed by Trada Technology, with its findings covering both windows and glazed doors made with Accoya, if used in Europe.
“These findings reaffirm that Accoya is one of, if not the most superior wood product on the market today," says Bryan Crennell, Accys director of sales and marketing. "Given our confidence in Accoya, we already offer our customers a 50 year warranty on the product, however we, like I’m sure many of our customers will be, are thrilled that to learn that Accoya has been independently verified as durable for up to 70 years.”
Accoya is produced using an acetylation process that modifies wood to the core. To maximize service life, the wood must be finished to best practise principles using a standard joinery coating that has been evaluated for compatibility and then maintained over the life of the product, the company notes. Any grain exposed to wetting must also be end sealed and the window must be designed to shed rainwater.