When building here in Arizona, it’s wise to consider materials that are resistant to termite infestations. However, home builders still often build with wood that termites can consume, since it is readily available and less expensive than other options. If you do have control over your next build, be it a new deck or a new home, then you can opt to use termite-resistant building materials to reduce or eliminate the odds of termites infesting your abode. If you’re worried about termites, consider the following termite-resistant building materials for your upcoming project.
Certain composite materials are ideal for building, since they are difficult for termites to digest, or they may not be edible for termites altogether. Consider manmade boards, like fiber boards and laminated boards, which may contain sufficient non-wood material to deter termites. Other composites, like exterior vinyl siding and Trex composite building materials are completely impervious to termites. Brick, concrete, and stone are also entirely impervious to termites.
If your build does require wood, you can rely on pressure-treated wood to deter termites. Pressure-treated wood is ideal for outdoor builds, since it is weather-resistant, strong, and less likely to warp. Plus, the treatment process makes the wood undesirable for termites. This wood is treated with a chemical that resists weathering while fending off mold, fungus, and pests. Though pressure-treated wood can be heavier and more expensive, it may prove to be worth the investment.
Certain building lumber is more resistant to termite infestation than other lumber. You can find redwoods, cedar, teak, and cypress woods, which are naturally more resistant to termite infestations. Again, these woods are more costly than traditional pine, but the investment may provide you with peace of mind.
In addition, you can look for heartwood pieces of lumber. These sections of lumber are obtained from the center of the tree, and are harder and more resistant to pests. You may have to visit a lumber yard to find these specialty pieces of wood.
Wood to Avoid
Whenever you’re building, you’ll want to avoid using old wood that is soft, wet, rotted, or moldy, all of which can attract termites. Refrain from using wood in direct contact with soil, since these conditions can attract subterranean termites. Always use footings when building, and ensure your home’s foundation and/or crawl space is waterproofed.
Termite Control From ATS
Here at Arizona Termite Specialist, we want to ensure your home is protected from the start. We hope that you’ll employ our tips to ensure that you are at little risk of housing a termite colony in the future. As always, you can count on us for termite control services and termite inspections to keep your home termite-free for decades to come. Simply reach out to us for service. ATS provides termite services throughout Phoenix, Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Gilbert, Mesa, and Peoria.