3 Important Reasons Wood Should Be Preserved

Every building made today is constructed with a variety of materials that when combined preserve and protect homes and businesses. Wood is a key material that often makes up the framework for buildings, railroads, electrical poles, and more. This precious resource is derived from nature itself and repurposed to be useful and inspiring. Preserving the wood you use in your projects is essential to creating higher-quality structures that last longer and look better.

1- Increases Longevity and Durability

Wood preservation is essential to decreasing the demand for wood around the world. Preservation applies chemicals and other substances to protect the wood from outside forces, allowing it to maintain its strength and durability for longer. Homes, businesses, and many other structures rely on the continued strength of wood. With quality preservation, fewer repairs will be necessary for the future, preserving your expert craftmanship for longer.

In overly hot or humid environments, wood preservation is essential to slow down and even completely prevent decomposition. You won’t have to worry about falling through the floor or pillars and walls failing to stay upright. Protect your buildings by investing in the longevity and durability of all the wood and timber you use.

2- Protects Against Rodents and Pests

A huge threat to residential and commercial structures is damage caused by wildlife. Pests and rodents can eat through the wood of a building easily, gaining access to wiring, water lines, and ductwork. Contaminants, particulates and potential sickness can spread throughout a home, and as the integrity of the wood diminishes, the building will become more unsafe.

It’s especially essential to properly preserve and maintain wood that’s used outside the home and is directly accessible to animals and insects. Termites, ants, and wasps can build thriving nests that threaten the safety of pets, younger household members, and neighbors. Effective preservation minimizes accessibility to pesty wildlife and lengthens the useable lifespan of the wood. Modern technology now has the means to create structures that last decades longer than before.

3- Keeps Wood Safe from Disease and Rot

Preserve your timber to protect it from rot and decomposition. Dry rot is a common issue that can occur in all wood types and builds. It’s caused by a fungus that consumes the sturdy, strengthening fibers, destroying the durability and structure of the wood. Any timber that develops dry rot needs to be immediately removed before it contaminates the rest. Preserving your wood before installing it minimizes the risk and prevents structural issues in the future.

Wet rot is a common issue in wood that has sat outside for too long in damp conditions. A high moisture content encourages dangerous fungus growth that can spread in humid environments, creating mold and mildew in the walls. Carpets, wallpapers, and furniture will likely also be negatively affected. Protecting your wood from outside influences can save you a number of costs in the future and protect your builds from expensive repairs.

Lumber, posts, and all your contractor and DIY needs can easily be protected and improved with preserved wood. Put in the extra resources and care to protect your wood before you use it to preserve your craftmanship and business’ reputation. Preservation is key to saving future costs and creating a sustainable and eco-friendly relationship with nature.



Alex is the co-author of 100 Greatest Plays, 100 Greatest Cricketers, 100 Greatest Films and 100 Greatest Moments. He has written for a wide variety of publications including The Observer, The Sunday Times, The Daily Mail, The Guardian and The Telegraph.

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