Us vs. Them

Competitor Performance Test

At Delta, we do not only create visually appealing products, we make products and finishes that stand up to the test of time. We tested comparable competitor samples for a period of time to assess how our burning & staining methods compared to others in the market.

The Test

Using an accelerated weathering machine, we tested comparable competitor samples for a period of time to assess how our burning & staining methods compared to others in the market. The machine mimics exterior exposure for average climates using UV light and moisture exposure. The results below show the before & after of the testing period and that our quality did outperform our competitors.

The Results

ACCOYA | BURNED & BRUSHED | DELTA BLACK

We tested our Delta Black Burned & Brushed finish and a comparable competitor sample using an accelerated weathering machine. Burned & brushed is a technique of burning and brushing the wood to give it a smooth and sleek finish. Both samples tested on Accoya, a sustainably-sourced Radiata Pine providing dimensional stability and durability through a natural acetylation process. See how the Delta sample performed vs a competitor sample before & after testing.

Competitor vs Delta

Before Testing

After 1000 Hours

After 2500 Hours

ATLANTIC WHITE CEDAR | TIGER SMOOTH | WOLVERINE

Using an accelerated weathering machine, we tested an Atlantic White Cedar Wolverine sample and a comparable competitor sample. The Tiger Smooth char is a lighter burn that helps bring out the wood grain, and it is and finished with a multi coat finishing technique. Atlantic White Cedar, sustainably sourced in the US, is durable and naturally decay-resistant. See how the Delta sample performed vs a competitor sample before and after testing.

Competitor vs Delta

Before Testing

After 1000 Hours

After 2500 Hours

ATLANTIC WHITE CEDAR | TIGER SMOOTH | DELTA BLACK

Using an accelerated weathering machine, we tested an Atlantic White Cedar Delta Black sample and a comparable competitor sample. The Tiger Smooth char is a lighter burn that helps bring out the wood grain, and it is finished with a multi coat finishing technique. Atlantic White Cedar, sustainably sourced in the US, is durable and naturally decay-resistant. See how the Delta sample performed vs a competitor sample before & after testing.

Competitor vs Delta

Before Testing

After 1000 Hours

After 2500 Hours

ACCOYA | SHOU SUGI BAN | GATOR

We tested our most popular Gator finish with a comparable competitor sample using an accelerated weathering machine. Our Gator finish is the most heavily charred of our burned finishes, and it’s the most reminiscent of the Japanese shou-sugi-ban technique that we were the first to revive in North America in 2008. The siding has a thick layer of char on the surface of the board, which serves as a natural barrier to the sun and will weather very well over time. See how the Delta sample performed vs a competitor sample before & after testing.

Competitor vs Delta

Before Testing

After 1000 Hours

After 2500 Hours

WESTERN RED CEDAR | SHOU SUGI BAN | OSO

We tested a Western Red Cedar Oso sample and a comparable competitor sample using an accelerated weathering machine. Western Red Cedar is not only aesthetically striking, but naturally resilient in harsh conditions and invasive insects. Coupled with Delta’s state-of-the-art finishing techniques, this charred product is durable for both exterior and interior cladding applications.  See how the Delta sample performed vs a comparable competitor sample before & after testing.

Competitor vs Delta

Before Testing

After 1000 Hours

After 2500 Hours

WESTERN RED CEDAR | SHOU SUGI BAN | KODIAK

We tested a Western Red Cedar Kodiak sample with a comparable competitor sample using an accelerated weathering machine. Western Red Cedar is not only aesthetically striking, but naturally resilient in harsh conditions and invasive insects. Coupled with Delta’s state-of-the-art finishing techniques, this charred product is durable for both exterior and interior cladding applications.  See how the Delta sample performed vs a comparable competitor sample before & after testing.

Competitor vs Delta

Before Testing

After 1000 Hours

After 2500 Hours