What Is Timber Treatment And Why Is It Important?
The first thing to keep in mind when looking for effective timber treatment is to understand that wood will not rot as long as it stays dry. This means that wood should not have a moisture content level that is above 25%. However, when the wood is used outside, it is not always possible to keep the moisture levels intact. Fortunately, treatments can be introduced to different species of timber to prevent mould and rot.
Timber treatments should not be confused with protective and/or decorative coatings. In fact, these coatings are generally added to the timber along with any treatments. The overall appearance you want any treated wood outside to have will be a deciding factor in what you decide to do with the timber.
When you are thinking about using timber for your home’s exterior, know that timber is a material that variable. This means that different types of timber have different properties. For example, there are some types of timber, like hardwoods, that are very durable naturally and decay resistant. In addition, its density makes the necessity of timber treatments very rare.
The Use Of Timber Outside
If you are looking for an affordable alternative for hardwoods, which can be expensive, you can use softwoods. However, if you decide to use a softwood in place of hardwood, especially for an external application, timber treatments are required. These treatments should also be used if there is a concern of decay, and resistance to the decay is necessary.
So, if you want to dramatically improve the service life of any non-durable timbers you are using, there are several types of treatments available:
- The final use of the timber
- The length of service life needed
- It’s permeability
- Ease of any maintenance needed in the future
Wood Treatment Options
Timber treatment should ideally take place before construction begins, and it should continue for the life of the house or other structure.
As previously discussed, once moisture levels begin to rise in wood, it can begin to rot. The water that is inside of the wood can also act as host to a number of harmful organisms. This is why it is so important that the amount of moisture that is allowed to enter into the wood is kept to a minimum.
Borate treatment is typically used to protect the wood from fungi and insects. The timber is soaked in a borate infused solution or sprayed with borate preservative.
Sunblock is generally applied before the final coating. By being proactive in treating your timber, the longer the timber will remain in usable condition, free of rot, insect infestation and mould.
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