Safety that means peace of mind. When others talk about safety, they may be talking about splinters; we mean peace of mind that comes from knowing your TimberSIL® Products are completely non-toxic, and your new deck will not catch fire and burn your house down. We mean the added peace of mind that comes from better protection from calamities, such as knowing your TimberSIL® roof or deck will not burn up from cinders from a neighbor’s fire, added protection from strong winds and earthquakes because TimberSIL® is so much stronger and fasteners grip so much more tightly, and added protection from flood-borne rot and decay.
Non-toxic, Natural TimberSIL® . The wood and glass fusion that produces TimberSIL® produces the most effective and yet one of the most benign building materials imaginable. TimberSIL®’s wood portion, glass portion and fusion combination is completely non-toxic and non-carcinogenic to adults, children, and even the weakest among us. The amorphous form of TimberSIL®’s glassy matrix, if cut or sawn simply crumbles to harmless flakes.
Benign TimberSIL® is even non-toxic to fasteners, nails and screws, our way of saying we are fully non-corrosive.
TimberSIL® is non-toxic because of the glass and wood it starts with, but there is added protection from the ways the glass surrounds the wood. In the fusion process large amounts of volatile organic compounds are removed, and the rest is trapped and immobilized in the wood. There are no VOCs produced by TimberSIL®, making it essentially an inert material.
TimberSIL® can be used indoors without fear of toxic effect or releases of VOCs. Its properties make it ideal for whole house construction.
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TimberSIL® decking and house siding products, Class A Fire Retardants, show the difference in a side by side comparison with three composite decking products, vinyl siding, pressure treated wood. The fire (above 2600 ºF) started and continuously burned from a fire trough extending across the middle of a deck. Despite searing flames, the TimberSIL® materials did not catch fire nor sustain a flame. The fire ball shown above highlights the flammable risks associated with other building materials commonly used in home construction: composite deck boards, vinyl siding, treated wood dimension supports, and plywood. On the non-TimberSIL® side, composite decking and treated wood supports caught fire first, then the flames moved on two fronts to cause the fireball – burning through the decking creating a fire front from below, and moving on the surface where the vinyl siding and plywood caught fire.
Homes are safer from fire with the protection of TimberSIL® whole house construction. TimberSIL® prevents fires from jumping from house to house. TimberSIL® can protect roofs, sides and walls, and prevent them from catching fire. This material allows time for fires to sweep around and pass TimberSIL® protected homes.
Long Lasting TimberSIL® is a Great Cost Value. In TimberSIL®’s fusion of glass with wood, the properties of glass predominate when considering its long life span. The glassy portion surrounds and protects the wood portion from rot and decay and other common wood problems making this a long lasting product. In addition, the protection essentially never ends. The glassy portion is locked inside the wood by shape of interior fibers and by insolubility and is unable to be removed. So the protection (which ends in treated wood when pesticides leach out) never can end because of the properties of glass. Although we have a 40-year warranty, TimberSIL®’s lifespan is essentially indefinite.
The savings for the environment are obvious – reduced use of resources, reduction of green house gases, and reduction in energy consumption. The savings for the consumer are impressive. TimberSIL®, on top of everything else, is less expensive than its competitors – composite products, plastic products, cedar products, tropical woods. When taking into account the savings over a 40-year life span, TimberSIL® is a better cost value than treated wood products.
Better for everyone and better for the environment. TimberSIL® is more than non-polluting and non-toxic. Our glass/wood fusion effectively removes TimberSIL® wood from the carbon cycle; by using TimberSIL® products everyone can be a part of the effort to combat global warming.
About those splinters : be more afraid that your siding, decking or flooring will catch fire and burn your house down. The point is perspective and relative risks. Once TimberSIL® decks are installed and properly finished, the opportunities for splinters (from non-toxic TimberSIL®) are exceedingly remote. Someone who has a composite or plastic deck has a far greater risk of getting a blister on arms or feet on a hot summer day by leaning on a particularly hot spot, or serious injury from slipping and falling on decks or stairs during wet or icy weather. TimberSIL® is cool to the touch, and as safe as you can get.