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BluWood Treated Products Offer Solutions to Mold, Fungus and Termites in Coastal Construction

BluWood Treated Products Offer Solutions to Mold, Fungus and Termites in Coastal Construction

Texas Coastal Homes on Bolivar have long been assaulted by the humidity related problems of mold, fungus and termites. Treated wood technology advances adding protection.

Enter BluWood, the Color of Protection
The solution is BluWood, lumber treated with a unique, two-product technology called Perfect Barrier System. BluWood components are protected against the devastating consequences to wood of fungal and termite infestation. 

Bluewood — a lumber coated with chemicals that repel mold, termites and fungus — is starting to appear on construction sites across the Galveston County area where mold is a major problem because of high humidity and proximity to the ocean. 

Although Perfect Barrier System’s Bluewood, manufactured by Enviroguard of the Southeast, adds to the per-square-foot cost of a new home, some builders are convinced it is worth the extra expense to protect themselves against costly lawsuits.

Before you build, make sure to ask your supplier about using BluWood for all framing lumber, trusses and sheathing components. 

You know the enemy. Now you know how to protect against it. Given the choice wouldn't you choose to be protected? 

Moisture and the problems associated with it have plagued builders and homeowners for ages. Developing a solution was a great challenge. 

A group of highly respected scientists at WoodSmart Solutions, Inc. developed a unique, two-product system, the Perfect Barrier Infusion Film, to help wood products maintain normal moisture levels, and the DOT Wood Preservative, to provide protection from fungi and wood ingesting insects like termites.
 
Wood components treated with the Perfect Barrier System are brand named BluWood. 

The Perfect Barrier System's two parts are factory applied to wood before it is delivered to a construction site. Because they are treated at the factory, BluWood components arrive at the job site ready to install. This assures protection before, during, and after construction, and helps builders avoid costly construction and inspection delays. 
 
Other mold-repelling products, such as Foster 42-42, are sprayed on after the framing is complete. Home Depot is selling Dens Armor Plus paperless drywall, a new product by Georgia Pacific that leaves nothing for the mold to grow on. Cleaning up mold could cost the owners of an average-size home $50,000-$100,000, according to Richard Bennett, a certified industrial hygienist and chief science officer with Risk Tech, an environmental-health services company, but many home owner insurance policies won’t cover mold damage. 

For Starters the wood is actually called Bluwood. Bluwood is a two part, preconstruction wood protection system. The lumber has a film on it that helps prevent moisture from seeping into the wood and also protects against fungus and wood eating insects. 

Any lumber can be treated. The film can be applied to any type of lumber from a 2×4 to OSB (Oriented strand board). That means sub floor, trusses and even beams can have this film put on it. It comes to the job site pre treated and can be sawed, nailed, and painted. Since the wood is pretreated it also protects the lumber while it sits outside in the elements while the house is being built unprotected (up to 6 months). 

This lumber uses an insecticidal and a fungicidal that prevents termites and fungus from attacking the wood and destroying its structural properties. The film attaches to the fibers that the termites like to eat, thus preventing them from eating it. 

The system
The first part of the two part system is the vapor barrier. The wood is engulfed in a film that creates a vapor barrier on the wood. This vapor barrier controls the absorption properties of the wood not allowing it to absorb moisture, but does allow  the wood to breath, letting the moisture within it escape. Kind of like a Tyvek Home Wrap. The second part of the system is a proven DOT insecticide and fungicide. 

How it works
The two part system is applied to all six sides of the lumber which they call the infusion process. Once the infusion process is over this prevents any moisture from absorbing into the wood but allowing moisture to escape from the wood. Then over time the “infusion ingredients” continue to migrate below the surface of the wood so in theory the inside of the wood is treated. When you cut the wood it is still protected by applying a treatment to the cut area right at the building site. Through this process the ingredients bind to the wood at a cellular level. 

Since the wood has this vapor barrier on it, the film controls the rate at which the moisture in the wood escapes. Preventing the wood from cupping, splitting, and/or curling, which we find more often today than before because of the quick milling process. So no more going to a large home improvement store and shifting through a stack of 2×4s to find the 2 that you need that are straight.

Owners and purchasers of home lots on the Bolivar Peninsula should ask their contractors about these new products. A stitch in time saves nine. That’s a true statement when one considers the amount of damage that can be caused by moisture: mold and termites.


 

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