MATAVERDE THERMA WOOD DECKING

 

  What is Mataverde Therma Wood Decking?

 
 

Mataverde Therma Wood Hemlock-1

Mataverde Therma Wood Hemlock is beautiful, almost like the way red cedar used to look.

 
 
The Therma Wood process was developed to transform traditional native softwoods into higher performing thermally wood modified wood decking materials.
 
The Therma Wood thermal modification process is unique, because it is produced in an autoclave vacuum kiln, at lower temperatures.  Why is this important?
 
  • ENERGY EFFICIENT PROCESS: Because the patented Therma Wood autoclave kiln system works under pressure, less energy is used. This means more energy savings and more cost savings to produce a sustainable thermally modified wood decking material for your project. 
  • HIGHER DURABILITY:  Traditional thermally modified wood processes create a wood decking material  where the Durability is rated as a Class 2 for pine, spruce, hemlock and other softwoods. Durability of wood decking using the Therma Wood process is rated as a Class 1.
  • BETTER STABILITY: All woods will move (expand and contract) seasonally, based on humidity and moisture content. Especially exterior woods, because they are exposed to more weather elements. Thermally modified woods are FAR more stable than non-modified woods. They expand and contract to a much lower degree. Less movements means better performance.

  • BETTER PERFORMANCE: The Therma Wood thermal modification process occurs at much lower temperatures due to the use of higher pressure.  This unique method minimizes brittleness, minimizes checks and eliminates most of the mechanical degradation of the wood.  Because of the scientific process employed, the result is a far better performing thermally modified decking material.
  • LESS WASTE: Because of the lower splitting, checking and brittleness of Therma Wood thermally modified wood decking product, more decking material is usable. The result on the job site is less decking material defect cutting and less waste, and that means a lower overall job cost, faster.
  • LONGER LENGTHS: The vacuum kiln used in processing Mataverde Therma Wood Decking can handle boards up to 20' in length.  This means longer length thermally modified decking boards are available than with other older thermally modified wood processes. 

     



 

Mataverde Therma Wood Hemlock Decking 

About Therma Wood Western Hemlock (Hem-Fir) Decking

 
What is Western Hemlock? 
 
Western Hemlock is an abundant softwood species throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Because it is so strong, it has been used as a structural lumber product for well over a century.  
 
Back in the day, non-modified Western Hemlock was rarely used for decking and exterior woodworking. Why not? Because, like most other softwoods, non-modified Western Hemlock has lots of sugars, and is therefore not a very durable exterior wood. High sugar content in woods is a food source for both mold and insects. That's why non-treated and non-modified softwoods are susceptible to rot and insect attack.  
 
What is Thermally Modified Hemlock Decking?

Thermal modification 'cooks' the sugars out of the woods. This alone makes the wood far more resistant to rot, decay and insects. The Therma Wood thermal modification process goes several steps further; its is thermally modified at lower temperatures - under pressure.

  • Therma Wood stays stronger structurally
  • Therma Wood is less brittle
  • Therma Wood is exceptionally durable (Class 1)

 

Mataverde Therma Wood Hemlock decking works great in all climates
Mataverde Therma Wood Hemlock Decking

 

Mataverde Therma Wood Hemlock Decking is a high-performance thermally modified decking material. The product is well suited for exterior decking, siding and trim. Because less energy is used in the thermal modification process, the cost is lower, yet the quality, and performance, is higher.

Mataverde Therma Wood Hemlock Decking is available in 5/4 x 6 nominal decking. Lengths are offered 8' through 20' odd and even lengths, random length tallies only. Most of the material is in the 8' through 13' range.  14' though 20' lengths are also offered, in limited quantities, when they are available.
 
 
 

Color and Graining of Mataverde Therma Wood Hemlock Decking

Before modification, Hemlock wood is very light toned, nearly whitish, with some light purple tones.  Once the Hemlock is thermally modified, the colors are browner and richer. Mataverde Therma Wood Hemlock Decking looks a lot like Western Red Cedar - except without all the color variations you find in modern cedar.

Here's an example of some typical color variations you will see between Western Hemlock and Thermally Modified Western Hemlock.  As you can see, the thermal modification creates a nice brown appearance.

 
Non-Modified Western Hemlock (typical) Mataverde Therma Wood Hemlock
Western Hemlock Hem-Fir Thermally modified Western Hemlock

 

 

Grading for Mataverde Therma Wood Hemlock Decking

Mataverde Therma Wood Hemlock Decking is available in C+ Better Grading, per the National Lumber Grades Authority (NLGA).  Some people refer to C+ Better grade boards as 'clear'. But that does not mean "no knots".  In fact, C+ Better means that approximately 85% of the board will be from knots, checks, pitch pockets and other defects. In this grading, 2 to 3 small knots are allowed per board. 

*Pro Tip- Always order extra decking to cover your material needs when defect-cutting and trimming your decking boards.

 

 
 

 

Installation, Care and Maintenance of Mataverde Therma Wood Decking

Installation
Install Mataverde Therma Wood Hemlock Decking at 16" O.C. or less. If installing the decking diagonally, use joist spacing no greater than 12" O.C. Use stainless steel screws or stainless steel nails. Always pre-drill to minimize the potential for splitting or cracking. 
 
Finishing
Water based finishes are not recommended. Use a high quality oil based finish with a UV inhibitor for best results. This will help the decking boards season properly and minimize surface checking, especially during the first year.
 
Care and Maintenance
An annual cleaning is recommended for best looks and performance. Do not use a pressure washer, bleach or harsh chemicals for cleaning your Mataverde Therma Wood decking.  A biodegradable cleaner, such as Penofin Pro-Tech Cleaner, or similar product, work well. 
 
After the first year, refinishing your decking is optional. If you would like to maintain the 'like new wood' look, by all means, please refinish your decking. Or if you prefer to allow your decking to naturally weather to a silvery gray patina, that's another, lower maintenance option.
 
 
 

 
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