The Making of XT Trim?
Dedication to Reliable Processes Equals Consistent Quality Products
Belco’s quality assurance program for XT products encompasses five key points of ownership at every step along the production line. We control product appearance and performance by doing everything in house: drying, milling, edging, treatment, and coating. In addition, every product has a sharp edge that adds curb appeal.
Tarping to Prevent Damage During Shipping
We insist on tarping inbound and outbound loads of XT products to protect against moisture. Loads of XT products are wrapped with a heavy, premium lumber cover. Then corner protectors and stickers are placed on the cover. Finally, the ends of the cover are sealed with an anti-check coating.
Kiln Dried On-Site to Minimize Manufacturing Defects
Moisture content for XT products is between 13% to 18%. We check the moisture content and recondition the wood to meet our standards with on-site kilns to minimize movement, splitting, checking, and warp.
Treated Rather Than Sealed
Belco sends treated wood samples to Lonza on a weekly basis for testing to ensure that XT products meet our 20-year warranty that protects against mold, rot, UV rays, and insects. For over a century, Wolman AG by Lonza has been the leader in wood preservation. Wolman AG, hailed as the first nonmetallic, environmentally friendly treatment for residential and commercial markets, consists of two fungicides and an insecticide. Wolman AG extends the life of your wood for all American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) above ground applications and is also qualified under the Water-Repellent Preservative Treatment Certification Program, which is conducted by the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA).
Additional Internal Grades to Optimize Appearance
XT products go through intensive grading throughout the production process. We buy the highest grades of natural wood and then have several internal grades that truly set the standard for our industry.
Primer That Passes Every Major ASTM Test
A 2-2.5ml latex primer coat is measured every 5 minutes to provide a protective barrier between the wood substrate and the elements. The primer that we use serves as a water-repellant, protective coating and is the first line of defense against moisture intrusion. It also passes the three most critical tests as developed by the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM). These include the primer adhesion test, the moisture absorption test, and the wet scrub resistance test. Because XT products are already primed, you can save hours that would have been spent waiting for the primer coat to dry.