Building a new home is a substantial investment in time, effort, and money. So, after deciding to make this investment, have you thought about how you are going to protect it?
Wood is still the principle building component in most homes and while we wouldn’t find it very appetizing, there are pests that have evolved to eat nothing else.
Termites are the most publicized example but there are several species of beetle, carpenter ants and fungus that will damage or consume the wood.
Almost every home will be exposed to structural pests at some point.
Many states require treatment for pests as part of the construction process but Washington State has not adopted this practice. Additionally, until recently there have been few effective pre-treatments for Carpenter ants, wood boring beetles and fungus which are more prevalent than termites here.
New wood/concrete and wood/plastic composites resist infestations but because of costs most structural wood in buildings is installed untreated.
● Low toxicity
● Low cost
● Permanent protection.
Borax (Disodium Octaborate Tetrahydrate), a mineral salt, is a principal component of sea water. In concentrated form this salt is lethal to most insects and will stop decay fungus infections. Borates used as preservatives are inexpensive compared to other pesticides because their production consists of mining it from salt flats and washing it to remove impurities. No formulating or refining, just dig it up, wash it and package it for use.
In locations where standing water or regular exposure to rain is likely, the borate salts can dissolve and be leached out of the wood over time. If used under these conditions they must be protected with water repellants or paint.
Wood not exposed to water is where borates really show their muscle. Once applied, they are stable and won’t bio-degrade or break down. Protection can last for the life of your home, making the wood lethal to insects that nest or feed in it and it kills mold and fungus spores on contact. If you have a leak, the salts dissolve into the water and are carried with it providing protection along the way.
When applied to concrete borates are highly repellant to termites. And…as if that weren’t enough, they are also an effective, natural fire retardant.
Pre-treatment can easily pay for itself over the life of your home.
The average cost of remedial pest treatment can be several hundred dollars and a small repair can exceed a thousand dollars. The cost for a lifetime of protection is usually less than a good set of house plans.
A valuable asset.
WoodArmor homes cost less to maintain and stand apart from other homes that have not been treated. Buyers appreciate the value of this protection and won’t be scared off by concerns associated with traditional chemicals.
When a treated building is demolished or remodeled the wood doesn’t create an environmental hazard when it’s disposed of.
Won’t interrupt construction.
Contractors need only collect their tools at the end of the day and cover anything left behind with drop cloth. No special safety equipment is required to handle treated surfaces.