Borate Effectively Preserves Your Investment

Posted by E Wood Care on 7/29/2014

Borate treated wood is on the rise as a safe and long-lasting method to protect homes from wood destroying organisms. There are several types of borate wood preservatives used to treat solid wood, engineered wood composites and other interior building products like studs, plywood, joists and rafters.

Lethal For Termites

Borate treated wood has been used successfully for more than 50 years in New Zealand, for a decade in Hawaii, where it’s specifically used to combat the voracious and highly destructive Formosan subterranean termite - and increasingly throughout the mainland United States. Borates prevent fungal decay and are deadly to termites, carpenter ants and roaches - but safe for people, pets and the environment. Borates interfere with termites' metabolic pathways when ingested through feeding or grooming, effectively killing them. Surviving termites avoid the protected wood products.

An Effective Biocide, Too

Biocidal applications outside of wood protection include use as a fungicide and preservative in paints and coatings, both in cans and dry film, as a fungicide in polymers and rubber, and as a biocide for plastic and rubber.

Good For Wood

Borates create an affordable, durable, safe treatment system to protect wood homes from termites and decay. Borates in a wide range of applications contribute to energy-efficient building practices that are safe for people, pets and the planet. Borax products are formulated for optimal efficacy in different applications.

High Efficiency And Low Toxicity

Boron compounds offer some of the most effective and versatile wood preservative systems available today. They combine the properties of broad-spectrum efficacy and low acute mammalian toxicity. Oxides of boron, the active ingredients in boron systems, are ubiquitous within the environment, are essential plant micronutrients and are added regularly to agricultural land as fertilizers.