This product seems to defy all reason. The Accoya® wood production process takes sustainably-sourced, fast growing softwood (like pine) and, in a non-toxic process that ‘enables nature’, creates a new durable, stable and beautiful product that requires far less maintenance than other woods used for construction. The cell structure is altered during this process so that it actually becomes impervious to moisture and indigestible to insects. In fact, insects no longer recognize the wood as food. (I wish someone would do this to french fries.)
The product, which has been used in Europe to build everything from windows to water canals, is gaining visibility in the US, and everywhere else. It is my understanding that the company is hoping to deploy the process known as “acetylation” in plants throughout the world. When they do, I may be the first in line to purchase a load for a new deck, fencing, gazebo, or whatever.
Currently the company performs its magic on wood at its factory in Arnhem in The Netherlands. I also read that there may be plans underway for construction of a plant in (you guessed it) China.
Okay – I don’t love that, but what I do love is that Accoya® wood is:
- Virtually rot proof
- Impervious to moisture & insects
- Made from FSC or other regionally certified woods
- Free of any toxic additives that would prohibit it from being recycled or even composted – thus releasing you from the hassle of disposing of pressure treated wood
- Has superior resistance to UV degradation when translucent coated
Accoya® is available in the US – albeit through a very limited number of distributorships. And it’s expensive—probably more expensive than the highest end tropical woods. But, I think it is an exciting innovation that I would love to see come to the US. And I sure wouldn’t mind having a wooden deck or shutters that don’t require regular upkeep and maintenance.