The Official Nova USA Wood Products Blog

Welcome to the Nova Blog. We have written many articles over the years about our hardwood products and we hope that we can help educate the hardwood flooring, decking and siding community about our beautiful, natural wood products. Our ultimate goal is help the customer make the right choices when using and specifying hardwoods. We have been importing and selling some of the most beautiful hardwoods on the planet - and now we also offer our proprietary Tung oil finish and patented decking and siding hidden fastener clips.

Our products are often sold as part of a system designed to perform at the highest level possible. Utilizing resilient clips and finishing off your project with the best exterior wood stain available is our solution to typical problems encountered with hardwoods used in exterior conditions. We are the first company to offer comprehensive Real Wood Solutions.

Introducing Nova's Ambara™ - The Higher Degree of Wood™

Ambara™ is Nova's newest thermally modified, naturally durable, and high-grade clear wood for use as siding, cladding and trim.

So Why Do We Need Another Siding Option?

Western Red Cedar (WRC) has become much more difficult to source over the past few years. This is especially true in the clear grades such as A&Btr VG (Vertical Grain or quartersawn). Supply issues have simply pushed pricing levels for clear WRC to astonomical levels. Both Redwood and Alaska Yellow Cedar (AYC) have similar supply constraint issues and therefore have seen similar price increases.

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Above image generated with AI. Looks like an aspirational Cedar house to us.

There is just no substitute in high-end architecture for drop-dead beautiful exterior siding in Clear Natural Wood with Transparent Finishes. The warmth and vibrance of natural wood accent walls is simply stunning when combined with concrete, metal, or painted wood. Some of the most beautiful structures in the world use natural wood accent walls to complement other materials in a perfectly balanced appearance with just the right amount of contrast.


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By Steve Getsiv, 02/23/24

7 Best Commercial Exterior Siding Options for 2024

Comparing the 7 Best Commercial Exterior Siding Materials

When it comes to constructing or renovating commercial buildings, choosing the right siding is a crucial decision. Siding protects the structure from elements, and it also significantly impacts aesthetic appeal and maintenance needs.

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In this article, we will explore various commercial siding options, their characteristics, and how they align with different architectural requirements and environmental considerations.

We will also introduce Nova USA Wood Product's unique siding solutions, and see they stand out in the market.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Commercial Siding

Durability and Maintenance

When selecting commercial siding, durability should be top of mind. High-quality siding should resist the elements, from harsh sun exposure to freezing temperatures, without warping or fading. It should also withstand impacts from windblown debris.

Aesthetic Appeal

Another substantial factor in selecting commercial siding is aesthetic appeal. The exterior of your building creates the first impression for visitors and passersby, and it reflects your brand's personality and values. Different siding options are available in a wide range of colors, textures, and styles. From traditional brick or timeless wood, to contemporary metal or innovative composite materials, each style can significantly transform your building's visual appeal.


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By Steve Getsiv, 01/26/24

Rainscreen Cladding Systems: Benefits and Design Guide

In the realm of architectural design and building longevity, rainscreen cladding systems have emerged as a fundamental component, especially in modern construction practices. Understanding what rainscreen cladding entails, how it functions, and the various pros and cons associated with it, is essential for homeowners and builders seeking to make informed decisions about their property.

What is Rainscreen Cladding?

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Rainscreen cladding is a protective layer that is affixed to the exterior surface of a building structure, and is designed to shield the building from the effects of weathering and moisture. It's composed of an outer weather-resistant decorative skin, a ventilation cavity, and an inner layer. It deflects the majority of water away, while the ventilation cavity allows any residual moisture to evaporate or drain away, to enhance the building's weatherproofing and insulation properties.

History of Rainscreen Cladding

Rainscreen cladding originated in the Scandinavian countries hundreds of years ago, but it was during the 1940s that science developed a better understanding of its operation. The idea was straightforward: a double-wall construction with an outer layer to block rain and an inner layer to insulate, save energy, and maintain building integrity.

Over time, this system evolved and improved with integrated advancements in material technology and design practices. The evolution of rainscreen cladding has been driven by the need for more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly, and aesthetically pleasing solutions in the building industry.


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By Steve Getsiv, 12/11/23

Top Exterior Wood Cladding Choices

Wooden Wonders: A Guide to the Top Exterior Wood Cladding Choices

Exterior cladding serves a dual purpose: it protects buildings while also enhancing their aesthetic appeal. Among the most coveted materials for this type of application is wood, which is renowned for its natural beauty and versatility. However, not all wood types are equal, and selecting the right type for exterior cladding is crucial to ensure longevity and durability.

This article will consider the offerings from Nova, and will highlight their unique qualities and why they stand out as the optimal choice for wood siding on your home.

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Exterior Cladding - What is it?

  • Exterior cladding is a type of skin or an extra layer on the outside of a building:
  • It serves multiple crucial roles in improving a building's performance and aesthetics.
  • From a structural perspective, exterior cladding is used to protect the building from the effects of weather elements such as rain, wind, and sunlight.
  • It creates a controlled environment inside the building and prevents the structural integrity of the building from being compromised.
  • Aesthetically, exterior cladding significantly enhances the building's appearance, and provides architects and homeowners the opportunity to personalize the building's look.

Wood as a Premium Exterior Cladding

Wood is a beautiful and durable cladding product that is found on many homes of distinction around the globe. However, not all wood species perform the same when used on the exterior of your home.


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By Steve Getsiv, 11/02/23

Best Hidden Deck Fasteners for Wood & Composite Decking

Decking Perfection: The Best Hidden Fasteners for a Seamless Look

When it comes to decking, the key to a sleek, clean finish lies in the details. Hidden fasteners for wood decking can dramatically enhance the visual appeal of your outdoor space. This guide explores hidden deck fasteners, and highlights brands like Deckwise, Azek, Camo, Trex, and Fiberon, and focuses on Nova's ExoDek QuickClip for wood decking.

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Introduction to Hidden Fasteners for Wood Decking

Hidden deck fasteners, a revolutionary advancement in deck construction, are an elegant solution to the traditional method of using screws or nails to fasten deck boards. They are designed to be installed on the joists between the deck boards in order to provide a clean, smooth surface that is devoid of any protruding hardware or holes.

The Basics of Hidden Deck Fasteners

Hidden deck fasteners work through an innovative design that discreetly attaches deck boards to the joists. Each fastener is inserted into the grooved edge of the deck board, which creates a concealed connection that leaves no visible screws or nails on the surface. This allows the deck boards to securely interlock for a uniform and gapless deck surface.

Advantages of Hidden Fasteners

Compared to traditional fastening methods, hidden fasteners for wood decking have several compelling advantages:

Hidden deck fasteners help create a smoother, cleaner, and more uniform deck surface since they eliminate the visibility of screws or nails. This enhances the overall aesthetic appeal of your deck, and helps to make it a more enjoyable space for relaxation and entertainment.


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By Steve Getsiv, 11/01/23

7 Modern Exterior Cladding Ideas for a Home Makeover

7 Modern Cladding Possibilities to Boost Your Home's Exterior

In the realm of architecture and design, cladding, also known as siding, plays a pivotal role in enhancing the appearance, performance, and durability of a structure. Today, cladding options have evolved significantly, with modern options that include a blend of functional benefits and aesthetic appeal. From metal panels, fiber cement siding, vinyl, concrete, to the likes of stone, brick and wood, the choices are diverse.

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However, not all cladding options are created equal. Wood, one of the oldest cladding materials, often gets an undeserved reputation for being high-maintenance. This article will debunk these misconceptions and shed light on the inherent strengths and enduring beauty of modern wood cladding exteriors.

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What is Exterior Cladding?

Exterior cladding, often referred to as siding, is the outermost layer of a building that serves as a skin or protective covering against wind, water, and temperature changes. It significantly adds to the aesthetic appeal of the building, and allows architects and builders to shape the building's architectural character.

Modern Cladding Options

While it comes in various materials, modern exterior cladding often blends functionality with design sophistication. Here are some options available in today's market:

1. Metal Panels

The sleek finish of metal panels offer a modern edge to buildings. Reflecting a minimalist's dream, they are often chosen for their durability and easy maintenance.

2. Fiber Cement Panels/Siding


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By Steve Getsiv, 11/01/23

Why Good Decks Go Bad - Part 2 - Lack of Acclimation

Kiln Dried vs Air Dried vs Green
The Importance of Acclimation to the Micro Climate

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Natural wood products are a great choice for exterior decking. And when you're considering using a naturally durable hardwood such as Ipe, Batu, Red Balau, Bangkirai, Yellow Balau, or Torem, understanding the importance of humidity, moisture content, and acclimation are critical to the success of your project.

What is Moisture Content?

Humidity and temperature combine to create an equilibrium moisture content in wood products. Moisture content itself is defined as the "weight of water divided by the weight of the 100% dry wood that remains after all water (moisture) has been removed".


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By Steve Getsiv, 09/05/23

Why Good Decks Go Bad - Part 1 - Spacing Between Boards

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"I've been installing decks for over 20 years. I don't need to read your instructions." Red faced and fuming, Joe was really pissed off when I told him you can't install a hardwood deck 4 inches off the ground with no spacing between boards. I thought he was going to throw a punch, but he was really just massively embarrassed. A decent general contractor with lots of experience, he just "forgot" about the nuances of installing wood decking after years of installing PVC's and composites.

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Tangential and Radial Shrinkage in Wood

Deck spacing between boards is absolutely critical when it comes to installing wood decking. Let's start with the quick technical background. With changes in moisture content, wood swells and shrinks in thickness and width only, not significantly in length. You can always butt your boards tight without worrying about them swelling or shrinking in length. When you look at the end of tree you see the concentric growth rings radially, from the center (or pith) out, the wood moves only half as much as it does tangentially to the growth rings. This difference between radial and tangential shrinkage is critical to understand and it varies significantly between the different species of wood.


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By Steve Getsiv, 08/24/23

ExoDek QuickClips in the Treetop Trail: A Pathway to Nature

ExoDek QuickClips in the Treetop Trail: A Pathway to NatureNova USA Wood Products and PCL Construction at the Minnesota Zoo

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In the fall of 2022, PCL Construction reached out to Nova USA Wood with interest in using the ExoDek QuickClips for a walking path around the Minnesota Zoo. Soon enough we found out this was not just any walking path, this was the iconic Treetop Trail: A Pathway to Nature that leads its pedestrians up in the trees and around the entirety of the outdoor parts of the Minnesota Zoo. The trail will be the world's longest elevated walking loop coming in at a mile and a and built on the steel frame of the decommissioned monorail.

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The PCL Construction team knew they wanted to use a hidden fastener but were having trouble finding one that could meet their needs. The trail being built on the already existing monorail frame introduced the first issue they were facing: the substrate that was to be fastened into was anywhere from inch to thick steel. This required much larger screws than what would typically be used in a residential deck. Other hidden fasteners on the market were not equipped to take on a larger screw like this. After some back and forth troubleshooting between Nova & PCL Construction, PCL was able to send us samples of several screw options and the boards they planned on using. Nova's in-house engineer was able to test the proposed assembly and help them determine the best...

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By Naomi Comstock, 04/24/23



Fire is a leading cause of property damage. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there's an average of 358,000 incidents annually and 7 deaths daily that can be linked to fires in the U.S.

Lightning, cooking, propane and fire pits are among the leading culprits that can turn single sparks into devastating catastrophes. As of September 1st, more than 48,000 wildfires torched more than 6 million acres to make 2022 the "most active wildfire season in more than 10 years."

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As a result, resilience or the ability "to enhance a building, facility, or community to both prevent damage and to recover from damage"3 has become increasingly important to nearly every part of the country, particularly the communities commonly subjected to wildfires and related natural events. For example, the specification of outdoor decking has become an increased priority due to the fires which can be easily spread by the vegetation and other flammable debris that accumulate under decks. As a result, the specification of decking made from fire-rated and low-flammability materials has never been greater. This includes the growing use of materials that have earned the Class A Flame Spread rating awarded in accordance of the stringent ASTM E84 testing protocols.


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By Keaton Smith, 12/15/22

Magnificent Dream Home in Terrebonne, Oregon - Bangkirai Decking

Adding the Final Touches to aMagnificent Dream Home in Terrebonne, Oregon

Living only hours away in Portland, Oregon, Terrebonne has always been the favored vacation destination of the Morans, who regularly enjoyed everything from rafting and skiing to fishing, while basking in the majestic beauty of the nearby Cascade Mountains.

"Terrebonne is a paradise for people who love the outdoors," said Tim Moran. "We couldn't wait to make the move and spend the rest of our lives enjoying all the local pleasures with friends and family."

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Planning this next step for years, the Morans spent 18 months designing a new 3,000 sq. ft, home, which was specifically engineered to provide year-round warmth and comfort with temperatures that can hit 100-plus degrees in the summer and sub-zero in the winter. This included the build of a "big gathering place" containing a "giant" great room, three bedroom suites, vaulted ceilings, a floor to ceiling fireplace and wrap-around Bangkirai, Yellow Balau deck.

"We wanted the decking to accent our new home's luxurious, rustic farmhouse look and feel," explained Moran. "The stunning blend of golden-brown, purplish-brown and red undertones blended seamlessly with the brown shake dormers, white farmhouse batten boards and cedar garage doors to create a striking exterior admired by everyone who visits."

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Supplied by Nova USA Wood Products in Forest Grove, Oregon and produced primarily in Malaysia, Indonesia, Yellow Balau, which is also referred to as B...

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By Keaton Smith, 10/01/22

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