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0110 Durable (Insects)

Wood is a material that is highly prone to being attacked by insects such as termites or woodworm. This makes it far less durable than other materials typically used in construction.

The durability of wood is measured as the resistance untreated wood has to attacks from degrading agents. In this event, biotic agents that may attack it are mainly fungus and insects.

Each species of wood has a natural durability according to its content in resins, tannins, oils, exposition and the quantity of heartwood and sapwood it has. Heartwood is the most resistant part.

As for wood-eating insects, such as termites and woodworm, one must take into account and be especially careful when choosing the kind of wood we will use, as well as the temperature and humidity conditions in the place we are going to put it, always avoiding using wood that is too soft and that with a high degree of inner humidity, since these are ideal conditions for being attacked by these insects.

In this respect, in recent years wood technology has progressed a great deal, especially with structural woods, which are dried to under 18% humidity and along with the potential for natural protective primers without toxins and some correct inner temperature conditions, wood becomes quite unattractive to these insects.

The trend in wood technology in this respect is very good. Therefore, working with the right kinds of wood on each project and by drying them as much as possible, apart from having a natural protective primer and complying with the Technical Code for Construction ( just like other building materials) buildings all over the world are constructed with wooden structures which ensure they are resistant and durable.