EcoVantage is about an adventure. Upon learning of a "new" way to process wood , we went to Finland to tour sites that featured thermally-modified wood. What we learned is that thermally-modified wood is environmentally safe, renewable, and better than the commonly used pressure treated wood.
What is a relatively new process in the United States has been used in Europe, Canada, and Russia for decades. The uniqueness and the solid science of the process is what appealed to us at EcoVantage.
The process of thermally modifying wood is not new. It started with the Vikings centuries ago when they discovered that burning the surface of cut wood made it more resistant to outdoor exposure.
Over the past century, Europeans further perfected the thermal modification process. They not only used heat to treat wood but added steam as well. Incorporating steam makes it possible to heat wood throughout - to an extremely high temperature. This alters the very structure of the wood, giving it an extraordinary resistance to mold, rot, decay, and insects.
Today, we've taken thermal modification to new levels with our patented EcoPrem process. This is an advanced, proprietary method of combining heat and steam to turn wood into a new, vastly improved outdoor construction material.
We start with #1-grade Southern yellow pine, an attractive, sturdy wood with good insulating properties. Once we've thermally modified it the EcoPrem way, it becomes a weather-resistant product - one that resists warping, cupping and twisting. EcoPrem thermally modified wood is ideal for decks, wood patios, fence and rail systems, home siding, and just about any other outdoor wood application you can imagine.
The #1-grade Southern yellow pine we use is a renewable resource from domestic sustainable forests.
You can count on our products to provide years of rich beauty, high performance, longevity and total enjoyment. Our process creates a wood that's incredibly resistant to mildew, rot, and insects.
Our unique, patented EcoPrem process strengthens wood and makes it impervious to the elements.
EcoPrem wood resists moisture, which keeps it from warping. It'll hold its shape, retain its strength.
Our thermal modification process makes EcoPrem wood products safe. Most pressure-treated woods are produced with the use of toxic chemicals. To begin with, these chemicals break down the fasteners that hold most wood assemblies together. Even worse, of course, is what toxic chemicals do to humans and animals. Touching chemically treated wood or breathing the air around it can be extremely harmful. Rest assured, EcoPrem wood is non-toxic and chemical-free.
Check out our portfolio of projects, and you'll get a real feel for the benefits of EcoPrem.