When you build a house, you want to build it to last. Unfortunately, termites have other plans. That's why you should greatly reduce your risk of termites from the very beginning by selecting wood that can withstand termites. With the following 3 types of wood, you should have the materials necessary to make sure your new house keeps these nasty pests at bay.
Naturally Resistant And Toxic Lumber
Termites can munch through most wood, but certain types of wood naturally stop termites in their tracks. The most common of these resistant woods are cypress, teak, and redwood.
However, for these woods to be truly effective, it's best if you use the heartwood of these trees. The heartwood is the center of the tree and features harder non-living wood that also contains the compounds termites can't digest. The outer part of the tree is known as the sapwood, and may be vulnerable to termites.
The only drawback to using these resistant types of wood is that they can be more expensive than pressure treated or composite wood, and may not last as long. However, many people like the look of these natural woods.
Certain woods are also toxic to certain termites. While this includes more exotic woods like kempas and tualang, the more common cedar is actually toxic to termites as well. Cedar is a bit pricey, but using it for key areas like your deck may be worth it.
One of the best choices if you're building a new home is composite wood. This type of wood contains wood fiber waste and plastic that are molded together under high pressure and certain chemical processes. This wood is basically invulnerable to termites and will help you rest assured your home is protected from these pests. Composite wood is usually more expensive than pressured treated wood, but lasts even longer.
Pressure Treated Wood
As the name implies, pressure treated wood is exposed to extreme pressure and a vacuum process. While the wood is being treated, certain preservatives are pressed into the very pores of the wood. Not only will these preservatives help your wood last longer, but they also create a barrier that termites can't break past.
These preservatives are typically copper boron azole (CBA) and alkaline copper quaternary (ACQ). It may also be worth knowing that there are certain borate gels that can be applied to wood if you've already built your house, such as your deck. However, it's important to strip your wood bare before applying this gel in order for it to actually penetrate the wood's pores.
Ultimately, choosing one of these types of wood is a smart idea if you want to protect your new home from the beginning. If you still end up suffering from a termite infestation, contact a service like Rice's Inc Termite & Pest Control.