What is TimberSIL® Wood?
TimberSIL is southern yellow pine lumber which has been put through a revolutionary fusion process. The process binds sodium silicate (amorphous glass) with the wood’s fibers to create a permanent bond at the molecular level. This infusion of non-toxic amorphous glass adds significant strength & dimensional stability to the wood.
Natural, Non-Toxic & Environmentally Safe
TimberSIL® is a fusion of two natural materials—wood and glass—producing an ideal, natural product. More than wood and more than glass, TimberSIL® combines the best of both bringing a unique transformation to wood.TimberSIL® is a non-toxic, environmentally safe & protective process that preserves the durability & sustainability of natural southern yellow pine. It produces lumber which is non-leaching & non-corrosive while preserving the beautiful appearance of the natural wood. TimberSIL® is a non-toxic, environmentally safe & protective process that preserves the durability & sustainability of natural southern yellow pine. It produces lumber which is non-leaching & non-corrosive while preserving the beautiful appearance of the natural wood.
Strong & Stable
The TimberSIL® fusion process strengthens the wood’s fibers which results in lumber that is many times stronger than composite products or common wood. In addition, nails, screws & other fasteners hold more tightly to the wood fibers in TimberSIL® lumber leading to greater strength of construction. The fusion process also increases the wood’s dimensional stability which decreases potential for warping in TimberSIL® products.
The TimberSIL process of fusing glass & wood fibers naturally hinders the combustible properties of wood. This results in a tremendous fire resistance for our products. TimberSIL products are classified as Ignition Resistant CA Class A Fire Retardants.
Rot & Termite Resistant
The TimberSIL fusion process produces a protective barrier around the wood which prevents rot, decay and termite infestation. This protective barrier is naturally produced without use of pesticides or any harmful substances. Rather than making wood toxic to decay organisms, our process of surrounding wood cells with amorphous glass renders the wood unrecognizable as a food source to termites.
Safe and Effective Alternative
Unlike the toxins still found in treated lumber (such as creosote, ACA, CCA, copper azole, & others), TimberSIL is totally nontoxic and VOC-free. It uses non-leaching, environmentally safe methods & material. Recently, TimberSIL received an EPA approval as a Non-Toxic Barrier Product—the first designation of its kind in EPA history.
We Combine The Best Properties Of Wood: Paintable/stainable, strength, beautiful look and feel, easy to cut and machine, and cool to the touch.
With The Best Properties Of Glass: Class A Fire Retardant, insulator, unaffected by seawater, unaffected by heat, barrier to rot, decay or insects.
And Enhance Both With Our TimberSIL GlassWood Fusion Process : non-toxic, structural stability, extra strong non-corrosive fastener hold, effective carbon sequestering, up to 50% stronger, twice as hard, lower maintenance, sustainable, multiple life cycles. Our revolutionary chemistry and proprietary process transforms wood – inside and out – into a super-GlassWood product that is great for the environment, a great value for the consumer, durable, sustainable, and helps fight global warming.
TimberSIL® Products are impressively low in maintenance. TimberSIL® is essentially an inert surface upon which paints and stains can be applied. This makes paints and stains last much longer, and virtually eliminates wood-related deterioration.
Most important, however, is to dispel the myth that any material is maintenance-free. For example:
Vinyl: this has a life of about 10 years. Although one may have to wash and keep mold away during the first 10 years, the real maintenance is the complete removal and installation of the entire material every ten years or so. When this cost is added in, vinyl has one of the highest maintenance costs.
- Composite decking: requires constant care to remove stains and spills; scratches easily and scratches cannot be fixed, sags in the heat and swells in the rain. Installers tell us that about every three years, the fasteners for composite decks need to be retightened because the fasteners work loose.
- Fiber cement products: take up moisture readily, and can sag and distort and fray in repeated wet/dry cycles. They are also prone to breakage from flying objects.
- Even Brick and stone: over time the mortar weakens, and has to be re-pointed.
All things worth having take at least a little effort to keep them that way, even TimberSIL®.