Tricoya

An extremely durable and stable wood panel.

Tricoya® is a completely new, high performance MDF panel product that demonstrates outstanding durability and dimensional stability in the most extreme and challenging environments. It is suitable for both exterior as well as interior, wet and high moisture applications. The product uses proprietary acetylated wood technology and a modified MDF manufacturing process to create a wood panel product with outstanding durability and stability.

A New Breed of MDF

Tricoya® can be cut, machined, and installed using techniques and equipment commonly used throughout the building industry and requires low maintenance thereafter.

The flexibility of Tricoya® offers endless design opportunities so that it can be cut to size, machined CNC cut, painted, routed, wrapped without impacting its unique properties.

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Tricoya MDF

Tricoya Benefits

 

DimensionalStability

Imaging having an MDF panel truly durable and stable enough for use outside. With and without coatings it would enable simple manufacture and use in applications not previously contemplated for MDF.

Tricoya® was developed by challenging the most fundamental reason for wood swelling: water absorption onto hygroscopic wood fibers due to the presence of hydroxyl groups. The hydroxyl groups (water loving sites) can bind or release water molecules causing wood to swell or shrink.

Acetylation effectively changes the free hydroxyls within the wood into acetyl groups. This is done by reacting the wood with acetic anhydride, which comes from acetic acid (known as vinegar when in its dilute form).

When the free hydroxyl group is transformed to an acetyl group, the ability of the wood to absorb water is greatly reduced, rendering the wood more dimensionally stable and, because it is no longer digestible, extremely durable.

Tricoya® is characterized by its durability and dimensional stability properties, with all the design, machining, and assembly flexibility of medium density fiberboard. It’s a truly durable, stable, and versatile panel requiring no supplemental protection to maintain decay resistance or dimensional stability.

With superior durability and stability Tricoya® has a considerably longer lifespan than unmodified wood products which leads to lower maintenance frequency.

ResponsibleSustainability

All wood used in the Tricoya® production process is sourced from sustainable resources such as certified, reclaimed, or recycled timber. FSC® certified material available.

Tricoya® is EUTR compliant and is produced from fast-growing, well managed, legal sources.

With superior durability and stability Tricoya has a considerably longer lifespan than unmodified wood products which leads to lower maintenance frequency.

The FinishedArticle

Tricoya® can be cut, coated, sanded, glued, machined, and fastened the same as any other high performing wood fiberboard – allowing users all the freedom associated with MDF. The Tricoya® difference is that this can now be done for the outside and with confidence.

Tricoya® creates a new class of MDF products with class 1 durability and exceptional dimensional stability, suitable for a wide range of exterior applications such as door skins and door panels, façade paneling, trim, fascia’s, soffits, and more. The market for Tricoya® wood-based composites includes, but is by no means limited to:

  • Window and door components
  • Door skins
  • Trim
  • Façade cladding/siding
  • Signage
  • Fascia/soffit panels and other secondary exterior applications
  • Wet interiors, including wall linings in swimming pools, bathrooms, changing rooms, etc.
  • Outdoor kitchens
  • Specialty furniture including lockers, cubicles, chairs & tables
  • Play frames, tree houses & exterior composite furniture
  • Sound barriers

Tricoya® may be cut, machined, and used in exactly the same way as other wood fiberboards with no change in machinability. Tricoya® is delivered with a 120-grit sanded finish. It may be sanded with finer papers to achieve smoother surfaces. Water based paint systems may be used to decorate Tricoya® . Tricoya® may be laminated with melamine papers, high pressure laminates, wood veneers, foils, and other materials. Exterior adhesives such as epoxy, polyurethane, phenol-resorcinol resin, and EPI may be used as long as they meet exterior use requirements via ASTM D5751 Wet Use, or other equivalent test method.

All mechanical fasteners that may come into contact with water, including screws, hinges, fixtures, and fittings, should be manufactured from Stainless Steel ANSI type 304 or 316. Internal handles and other furniture that are used in dry conditions may be made from any usually acceptable material. Components used for furniture and other interior applications that are normally installed in dry conditions may utilize galvanized, coated, and other metals with low corrosion resistance.

Corrosion testing on naval brass and higher quality aluminum products show that these metals are highly corrosion resistant in direct contact with Tricoya® and may also be considered.

Water based paint systems may be used to decorate Tricoya®. Tricoya® may be laminated with melamine papers, high pressure laminates, wood veneers, foils, and other materials. Exterior adhesives such as epoxy, polyurethane, phenol-resorcinol resin, and EPI may be used as long as they meet exterior use requirements via ASTM 05751 Wet Use, or other equivalent test methods.

TricoyaCharacteristics

Fire Rating

Tricoya® is classified as meeting a Class C flame spread rating by the ASTM E84 method.

Insect Resistant

Tricoya® has termite resistance meeting UC4A ground contact requirements and performs better than heartwood from western red cedar and Burmese teak.

Physical Properties

Density: 44 to 47 pcf
Water Absorption: < 7.0%
Thickness Swell: < 2.0%
Weatherability: < 7.0%
Linear Expansion: < 0.13% Hardness: > 1,000 lbf
Moisture Content: 3 to 5%

Availability

6mm 0.236″ x 4′ x 8′ & 10′
9mm 0.354″ x 4′ x 8′ & 10′
12mm 0.472″ x 4′ x 8′ & 10′
15mm 0.591″ x 4′ x 8′ & 10′
18mm 0.709″ x 4′ x 8′ & 10′

FSC® stock is available.

Other sizes may be produced upon request and typically associated with a minimum order quantity. Potential panel size is governed by the 8’ press width and longitudinal options of 5’ to 18’ subject to mill confirmation and container loading options.

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