Belco’s Preservative Treatment Process

XT Trim Logo on Installed Trim

Despite many other materials on the market today, wood remains one of the most popular for exterior use. Wood has beauty, character, and history that can’t be matched by other materials. Still preferred by both builders and homeowners alike.

To help diminish some of the issues that regular wood products can sometimes have, Belco Forest Products preservative treatment, offers wood which in a high-quality product with a 20-year limited warranty. In addition, Belco XT Trim is less expensive and easier to work with than other softwood products. It is important to understand the properties of your building material in order to be comfortable and work efficiently.

Wood Preservative Treatment Process

The following process is how Belco treats their wood, using quality workmanship and products at every stage.

Kiln Drying For Best Treatment Absorption

Every piece of wood is first kiln-dried for best preservative treatment absorption. Then checked to make sure that moisture levels are consistent throughout the piece. The final moisture content is consistently between 13% and 18%, which also helps minimize manufacturing defects. Once the moisture content is best, there’s less movement, swelling, and warping of the boards. You then get a quality product that performs as expected every time. 

Preservative Treatment for Long Last Wood Performance

Unlike pressure treated wood, preservative-treated wood is treated through a topical spray process. The treatment then to be naturally absorbed into the wood. The preservative treatment used by Belco is Wolman® AG by Lonza, who have been pioneering wood preservation for more than a century. 

Wolman AG® is the first non-metallic, environmentally friendly wood preservative. The formula contains two fungicides and one insecticide (all carbon-based). Extending the life of the wood for all above-ground applications. Wolman AG holds EPA approval. Also meets the qualifications for being a wood preservative treatment. Ensuring that the material you receive is durable and long lasting.

Graded for Best Quality Preservative Treated Wood Trim

Every piece of wood that Belco manufactures is graded for quality to ensure consistency. The grading process is repeated throughout manufacturing. It starts with a look at the fiber, selecting the best wood fiber possible to ensure better lumber. Each piece is further graded as manufacturing continues to maintain consistency and product integrity.

Primed for Optimum Performance

One of the benefits of using XT Trim and other products from Belco is the fact that they arrive primed and ready for installation and painting. This is a huge time-saving process for the installer, and helps keep costs down. 

The acrylic latex primer acts as a barrier between moisture and the wood, helping to protect it and prolong its lifespan. It also gives you a clean, even finish to paint for superior results. 

Belco primer exceeds the most important industry tests to assure best performance. Including primer adhesion, moisture resistance, and wet scrub resistance. This primer occurs in a factory-controlled environment, which gives you quality, consistent results. The primer coat meets and exceeds the highest industry standards for coating consistency and wood substrate quality allowing your team to begin installation as soon as the material arrives on the job.

Wrapped for Transport For Best Appearance

Belco XT Trim Paperwrapped Full Units

Creating a quality product doesn’t end with the manufacturing; the material needs to reach the jobsite in the best possible condition as well. That’s why Belco uses a protective paper wrap, corner protection, and stickers on all of their products. This ensures that the material is easier to load, handle, and move, as well as store. When you unwrap your material and are ready to install, you need to know that it will be ready.

Invest in Quality You Can See and Trust Your Wood Trim

Belco XT Trim Loaded on a Railcar

The minute the units are unloaded, Belco’s quality is clear. From the preservative treatment to the selection of grade, you can trust this material will consistently perform to your expectations. You need materials to trust and make your job easier, keep your clients happy, and avoid callbacks down the road. Belco’s preservative-treated wood products will help you achieve all of these goals. (Link to XT Trim page.)

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