Benchmark Series FAQs

WHAT KIND OF WOOD IS THIS? +
Thermally modified white ash and thermally modified Scots pine.
WHAT IS THE THERMAL MODIFICATION PROCESS? +
Heat and steam, no chemicals. This process gives the wood rot resistance, stability and beauty.
WHY IS THERMORY® THE PREMIUM MODIFIED WOOD BRAND? +
Thermory has over 20 years of experience thermally modifying wood. We’ve sold over 200 million sq. ft. world wide
WILL IT FADE OR CAN I KEEP THE COLOR? +
Yes, it will fade - all wood products do - but this will not impact rot resistance or stability. Treat with Cutek Extreme, a penetrating oil (not a sealer) with colortoune to reflect the UV rays of the sun to allow the brown color to last longer, or allow to age naturally to a beautiful silver-gray. The aging process typically happens within 6 months.
ARE THERE ANY CHEMICALS? +
No, absolutely no chemicals - only heat and steam.
WHAT ARE JEM™ JOINTS? +
Machined ends that connect boards the long way. Every other brand of decking requires the ends of the boards to rest on joists except Thermory® white ash.
IS THERE A ROUTER BIT TO REPLICATE THE JEM™ JOINT ON SITE? +
No, this is too large of a joint to produce with a hand router. You will never need to, if the board is long enough to span 2 joists.
WHERE DO THE ASH AND PINE COME FROM? +
White ash is sourced from North America and northern Europe. Scots pine is sourced from Scandinavia.
WHAT IS THE BOTANICAL NAME AND JANKA HARDNESS? +
White ash (Fraxinus americana) has a janka hardness of 1320. Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) has a janka hardness of 540.
WHAT COLORS IS IT AVAILABLE IN? +
The colors are the natural result of the thermal modification process. White ash is a rich exotic brown, and Scots pine is a lighter golden brown. Unoiled, both will naturally weather to grey over time. We have additional colors available in our Drift line of cladding.
WHAT SPANS ARE REQUIRED FOR THERMORY? +
Perpendicular installations: support joists should be no more than 16” on center.
45º angle installations: support joists should be 12” on center.
WILL THE PACS™ GET BRITTLE WHEN IT’S COLD? +
No, these are made of polyomethylene (POM), one of the strongest plastics available.
CAN I USE THERMORY® WITH PACS™ FOR A DOCK? +
No, PaCS™ are not intended for docks. Waterfront applications are no problem with the PaCS™ as long as its not a dock.
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