Tropical hardwoods like teak, Ipé, and Mahogany are extraordinarily durable and beautiful building materials. Unfortunately, exotic hardwoods are very slow-growing, and extracting them for use is often a pretty environmentally nasty business. Kebony comes from sustainable, readily-available woods that are treated with biowaste-derived extracts to mimic the performance of hardwoods.
By impregnating common woods (typically Maple or Pine) with furfuryl alcohol, a by-product of agricultural waste, “Kebonization” creates a durable polymer structure at the cellular level. Once cured and dried, the polymer is a permanent part of the wood (meaning it will not degrade or leak from the wood).
The result is a wood material that looks and performs like a tropical hardwood. It’s extremely hard and durable with great dimensional stability, and resists decay better than pressure treated lumber without toxic additives like chromated copper arsenate (CCA). According to the manufacturer, “Kebony costs a bit more than toxin treated timber, but Kebony will last approximately three times as long. The lifecycle cost of Kebony will be about half compared to buying and maintaining treated or impregnated timber.”
Besides being a sustainable alternative to endangered tropical hardwoods, it’s is also much cheaper. Kebony is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, and it’s suitable for a wide variety of applications including cladding, decking, and even furniture.
Learn more or find a distributor at the Kebony website.