We regularly mention Accoya windows throughout our articles, and it’s not hard to see why. They really are brilliant. When you’re not a joinery expert like us here at Brinary Joinery, it can be difficult to distinguish between the different types of wood and other commonly used window frame materials.
In this article, you’ll discover what makes Accoya stand out from other types of woods and how our bespoke Accoya windows can benefit you. Continuing reading to learn more.
What is Accoya Wood?
Accoya is the world’s leading high technology wood made from sustainably sourced softwood. Accoya has a clear leg up on its competition, especially when compared to other woods such as oak and walnut which are made from traditional hardwood. Accoya wood goes through a chemical process called acetylation which involves changing the inner free hydroxyls and turning them into acetyl groups. This process causes the wood to absorb less water. As a result, it becomes more dimensionally stable and makes it a stronger material for manufacturing into windows, doors and more.
Why Choose Them For Your Windows?
1) Sustainable and Environmentally-Friendly
The wood is sourced sustainably using only fast growing certified forests including FSC, PEFC, and other regional forests. Essentially, Accoya wood is a net CO2 absorber overtime. Being both non-toxic and 100% recyclable, the wood can be safely reused or broken down. Radiata pine trees are used to make Accoya wood meaning there is no danger to old growth or vulnerable forests.
You can also save money on your energy bills because Accoya wood has a natural insulating ability. Making it the best and most cost effective choice to reduce your heating bills all year round.
2) Great Longevity
Thanks to the acetylation process, this significantly increases the life expectancy of Accoya wood. When maintained well, our windows can be expected to last significantly longer than other popular window frame materials. So, you’ll be sure your Accoya windows will last for at least 50 years or longer with little maintenance needed.
3) Natural and Versatile Finish
Luckily, regardless of the acetylation process, Accoya windows maintain their natural beauty of its original softwood finish and it can be easily painted to your preferred shade. It’s also extremely easy to repaint them if you want to change the shades over and over again in the future. Appearing like brand new windows with only a fresh layer of paint! In addition, the paint won’t fade over time, no matter the weather conditions your windows are faced with. As we mentioned above, Accoya wood absorbs much less water, so the window frame won’t swell or shrink making it easy to open and close.
And that’s only a few benefits.
Accoya Windows at Brinard Joinery
Accoya wood is one of our favourite materials to craft with. Over the last 30 years, we have handcrafted some truly beautiful Accoya window and door designs for our customers. Take a closer look and explore our bespoke joinery craftwork in our gallery. For more information or enquiries, get in touch with us at Brinard Joinery.