Archive for March, 2010

TimberSIL® Deck – Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach has suffered major devastation caused by wildfires in years past.  Today the entire city of Laguna Beach is designated to be in the Wildland Urban Interface (W.U.I.)  otherwise known as “high fire severity zone”. These areas in California where humans and wildlife must coexist are bound by strict building and fire codes to ensure the safety of both. The California State Fire Marshal’s office publishes a handbook of building materials approved for these areas.

TimberSIL® is listed in the Cal Fire W.U.I. handbook as “Ignition Resistant”, this is the highest fire rating attainable in the state of California. The Ignition Resistant test is very difficult for most fire retardant products to pass because prior to the fire test they are put through an accelerated weathering process. The weathering test removes the surface coatings that most fire retardant product use. TimberSIL® on the other hand penetrates the wood and becomes a solid, that is insoluble, permanently protecting the wood from fire, rot and insects.

TimberSIL Glass Wood

Cal Fire Handbook – WUI Approved List


Pyramid Patio Cover – Los Angeles, CA

Isn’t this a magnificent trellis? I love the pyramid design.

This is our favorite TimberSIL project thus far, the beams and corbels were all custom made for this patio cover.  This patio cover was originally built 8 years ago,  and the support beams were made of 2×8’s glued together called a glue-lam beam. Unfortunately, after 8 short years outside, the beams rotted and the structure started to fall over.

Our client loved the design of this unique trellis and wanted to rebuild it with the same design, and after standing under the finished product I don’t blame him. The problem with rebuilding it the same way is that  every eight years the wood was going to need to be replaced because of rot. That’s were TimberSIL comes in.

He had heard our ads and knew TimberSIL wood does not rot. But could we get beams in such large sizes made in TimberSIL? He needed 8x14x22’ beams and they just do not exist in Southern Yellow Pine (the wood species we process). Well, the answer is YES! The saw mill did have to source and cut these beams from specially selected trees in order to mill such large beams, but we got it done and it came out great.