No matter what purpose you need wood for, it is vital you understand the benefits of using heat treated timer only. First things first, heat treatment for timber is very essential so as to comply with ISPM15 requirements which keep the wood save from infestation and pests while they are being exported from one place to another. The International Phytosanitary Standard for Wood Packaging aka ISPM15 has made it mandatory that all wood being packaged be heat treated before they are shipped. 14 countries around the globe along with the European Union now comply with standards adopted by ISPM15.
Here are a few detailed benefits of choosing heat treated timber only. Go through them and make sure you only opt for heat treated wood the next time you need timber for any purpose.
Minimizes Chemical Related Health Risks
Heat treated timber reduces the risk of health hazards that chemicals in the wood can pose for the manufacturers, shippers and handlers. Heat treatment of the wood ensures safe handling and exposure to hazardous chemicals like copper metallic salts, chrome or methyl bromide are reduced.
Increases Shelf Life
Since ages, heat treatment has been used as one of the most natural way of preserving wood as it adds quality and longevity to it. Heat treating timber alters its composition and properties making it immune against decomposition, damage due to dampness and also extreme humidity. Also heat treated wood is resistant to fungi and other microorganisms growth and therefore decreases the risk of rotting. Heat treatment also hardens the wood and increases its impermeability which again promotes the wood’s longevity by making it stable and resistant to swelling or shrinking with weather exposure.
Unlike other materials, wood is environmentally safe and does not contribute to harming the ozone layer. More importantly, heat treated wood can be recycled and reused for a number of purposes which means there isn’t really anything that goes to waste. Also because no chemicals are used in the manufacturing of heat treated wood, there is nothing better that contributes to the environment other than this.
Lightens The Load
Heat treating the wood not only reduces moisture but it also alters its composition making it resistant to absorbing moisture in the future. This therefore means that the wood weighs less, a very good news indeed for the shipping business. You will also be able to save a huge amount on shipping costs. You also save on safety procedures against attacks of fungi and mold lightening your financial load too.
Heat treated wood complies with the international standards of wood being used to ensure health and safety. It also reduces the risk of cross contamination through shipped goods and also stops the transfer of parasites across the oceans. With heat treated wood you don’t have to worry about your shipments being returned and not being accepted across nations or being faced with shipping restrictions associated to untreated wood.