Thermal Modification

No chemicals. No plastics. No threat to rainforest ecosystems.
Thermal Modification
Thermal Modification

No chemicals. No plastics. No threat to rainforest ecosystems.

Enhancing the versatility of our native Pennsylvania hardwoods, high-temperature Thermal Modification transforms the wood to a striking, exotic brown, adding high weather resistance and stability for outdoor applications.

Apply a UV protectant to maintain the color, or do nothing and let it naturalize to a silver patina.

Thermal Modification ushers in the next generation of responsibly manufactured, high performance outdoor wood products, all from our locally-grown and well-managed Pennsylvania forests.

Siding
Decking
Porch Flooring
Decorative Trim & Mouldings
Thermal Modification

A NEW GENERATION OF OUTDOOR WOOD PRODUCTS

Lasts 25 years in outdoor use
Dimensionally stable
Chemical-free production process
Substitutes for tropical rainforest species
Pure, natural wood. No oil, plastic, resin, wax or other additives.
Bingaman Thermal Modification

Heat changes the wood, steam keeps it stable and equalizes it to the outdoor environment.

So the three critical ingredients to creating a stable, weather-resistant, natural hardwood product are wood, heat, and steam!

The Thermal Modification process involves heating (or “cooking”) the hardwood (using steam) to a very high temperature to transform it on a molecular level into a highly-durable outdoor material. The process turns the hardwood to a beautiful chocolate brown color. The rich, deep color indicates that the hardwood has reached the proper temperature (around 400-410⁰ F). At that point, the hardwood undergoes a fundamental change where the sugars and starches caramelize, making the hardwood a non-food source for termites and other wood boring pests and insects. Also, the hardwood cell walls lock into place, preventing the hardwood from absorbing water. Overall, the durability of the hardwood is multiplied many times, giving Thermally Modified hardwood a 25+ year lifespan outdoors without the use of chemicals or other unnatural or harmful products.

Thermal Modification

available in the following Species

Poplar
species

Poplar

Red Oak
species

Red Oak

Soft Maple
species

Soft Maple

Ash
species

Ash