Selecting The Best Wood For Long-Lasting Outdoor Projects

Are you planning to build an outdoor structure or a project that will involve the use of wood such as a garden with a wood barrier or trim? If so, it is important to take the time now to understand which types of wood are best for your plans. This is because if you simply select lumber without taking the time to ensure it is correct for your intentions, you may end up with premature damages or problems due to insects or rot. The following information will help you identify the best wood selections for outdoor use. 

Naturally Resistant 

Some woods are considered to be naturally termite-resistant. This is because termites are not attracted to feasting on them like they are to other woods. Cypress, cedar and redwood lumber are the types of lumber that are most resistant to termite invasions. The type of termite-resistant wood specifically available to you locally may depend largely on the area that you reside in. 

It is important to note that using naturally resistant wood will not guarantee that termites do not attempt to invade the wood. Instead, think of it as something that is less likely to happen. Termites might attempt to invade cedar and redwood lumber if there are no other wood selections available. 

Pressure-Treated Lumber 

These are lumber options that may come from a variety of tree types. They are commercially-treated with chemicals to discourage termites from feasting on them. This type of lumber might be used if you have a certain type of lumber that you favor that is not termite-resistant. 

Termites may attack pressure-treated wood, too. The toxic chemicals may leech out over time, especially if the wood is in contact with damp conditions. This may lessen the lumber's resistance to termites and rot over time, and the resistance may also be reduced by certain types of mold and insects that are not affected by the toxicity of the chemicals, and therefore, consume and diminish the chemical components and make the wood a more attractive "buffet" for termites. You could consider using a sealant as an added preventive measure against rotting.

A landscape contractor is a good resource to use for wood selection and protection tips for wood that is part of your current hardscaping or plans. They can help you avoid the problems that termites and other insects can cause to wood. They are also trained to identify early signs of lumber rotting and insect invasions, which could prevent losses. Finally, they will know which types of pests are more likely to be problematic in your locale. Contact a company like ML Condon Company Inc for more information.