Industry concerns with engineered wood products
General concerns with engineered wood products are their strength and health hazards for the fabricator and end user, together with the water resistant capabilities of the products.
- Strength: Screw pullout problems have been common with engineered wood products. An engineered wood product that has a good screw holding capability is most desired.
- Environmental Health Concerns: The quantity of airborne dust created during the sawing or machining of the HARCwood® treated fibreboard is significantly less than for the untreated fibreboard due to the larger dust particle size. Tests conducted at a forensic laboratory indicated over 80% of the compounds identified as off gas at both 150C and during burning were greater in the untreated fibreboard.
Based upon independent laboratory analysis the samples are considered to be non-hazardous waste per Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 40th Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) part 261, Identification and listing of Hazardous Waste.”
- Moisture Resistance: Builders are concerned with the poor performance of engineered wood products such as baseboards, countertops, substrates, and window and door trims that come into contact with moisture. A moisture resistant product that paints well and/or acts as a substrate for veneered or laminated products would be very advantageous to builders.
Vitec Panels Maufactured using the HARCwood® technology meet all these challenges.