Introducing the next generation of exterior hardwoods.
Rather than using harsh chemicals that could damage the environment, Associated Hardwoods uses an ecologically friendly Thermal Modification Process to make hardwood resist decay as well - if not better than - tropical hardwoods or chemically treated woods.
By drying and modifying the wood in specially designed kilns at over 400 degrees, Associated Hardwoods minimizes stress and tension while equalizing moisture content throughout the wood. Normally, you'd have to store lumber for 10 years to match the conditioning effects of this revolutionary Thermal Modification Process.
This revolutionary heat treatment: Improves resistance to decay, weather and insects Reduces moisture deformations which cause stress Increases dimensional stability and surface hardness Improves heat insulation.
This Thermal Modification Process reduces expansion, shrinking, swelling and water absorption speed — better than conventionally treated wood. The wood's absorption speed is reduced because the thermal treatment actually alters the molecules of the wood so it absorbs less water. The Thermal Modification Process also changes sugars in the wood into a product that reduces fungi, molds, and insect problems.
Associated Hardwoods uses the only technology available to achieve this level of durability and dimensional stability without destroying the wood itself.