The Ben­e­fits of Bo­rate

Log Home Living - - MAINTAIN -

In de­fend­ing your log home against in­sect as­sault, con­sider pre-treat­ing your logs with a bo­rate-based so­lu­tion. De­rived from the min­eral sodium bo­rate, this com­pound is fa­mil­iar to con­sumers as an in­gre­di­ent in laun­dry soap and as a fire re­tar­dant. Wa­ter-based bo­rate wood preser­va­tives have been adapted for log homes dur­ing the past 20 years af­ter hav­ing proved them­selves for more than 50 years in Europe, Aus­tralia and New Zealand as ef­fec­tive de­ter­rents against ter­mites, bee­tles, car­pen­ter ants and wood-de­cay­ing fungi. It’s easy to ap­ply, odor­less and non-cor­ro­sive.

For the best pro­tec­tion, a con­cen­tra­tion of the bo­rate so­lu­tion be­low the wood’s sur­face will prove lethal to wood-eat­ing in­sects by dis­rupt­ing their di­ges­tive process. It also adds pro­tec­tion against the fungi that cause wood rot.

Be­sides be­ing pre-ap­plied at your pro­ducer’s fa­cil­ity, bo­rate prod­ucts are avail­able for con­tin­ued pro­tec­tion af­ter the home is built. Spray prod­ucts are par­tic­u­larly ef­fec­tive in mak­ing sure the so­lu­tion soaks into the wood, es­pe­cially in hard-to-reach ar­eas.

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