Water Resistant Wood

Keep seeing references to new(ish) wood products that use natural wood and an alternative process to pressure treating and produce a better performing material. This may be an option for outdoor structures or a water table experience where we’d like to clad a stainless or concrete basin with a more natural material or perhaps even build a table out of wood (was that Steve Langsdorf I just heard groaning?).

If the specs are true, this material is substantially better than pressure treated. Here’s two products that are getting a lot of press the last few years:

Accoya

https://www.accoya.com/

  • Swelling and shrinkage reduced by 75% or more
  • Lasting 50 years above ground, 25 years in ground/freshwater Class 1 durability, surpassing even teak
  • Virtually rot proof
  • 70 year minimum service life stated by TRADA

 

Kebony

http://kebony.com/us/content/technology/

  • swelling and shrinkage reduced by 40-60%
  • outdoor life time warranty for 30¬†years
  • no additional treatment needed beyond normal cleaning
  • high resistance against fungi, rot and other wood destroying micro-organisms

 

– Sean

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Spotlight Vendor: Mine Control

Patrick shared this tech company he had in Arizona with us in a meeting that i thought was important to share. It inst the prettiest website (it looks like an excel sheet at times), but they have a lot of really nice interactive and ideas. The videos are kinda out dated, but the reference and ideas are still really solid and relevant.

Below are two i liked:

http://www.mine-control.com/mariposa.html

Check out there whole list here:

http://www.mine-control.com/install1.html