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Did You Know that Your Timber Roof Trusses Require Lots of Protection?

When building your home, you want to use the best materials in each section. This is elemental for ensuring that your house has the highest possible value, and that the materials will be in place for the longest possible period. Timber is among the few materials that you can rely on for all these characteristics when you are setting up your truss. It is readily available, eco-friendly, cost effective and appealing in terms of looks. All you have to do is to protect it against elements that can damage the structure of the wood. Here are some of the clever ways you can protect your timber roof trusses against damage:

Use Roof Covering and Roofing Felt

The first line of defence for your timber roof truss is by preventing harmful elements form finding their way to the truss in the first place. After installing the trusses and roof, it is common to have leakages in some sections of the roof. These leakages are a notorious cause for damage and infestation of your roof truss. Thankfully, you can prevent them using roofing felt and roof covering. They seal all the edges to prevent water from seeping through to the timber trusses.

Use Treated Timber

Note that wood is natural food for some insects and birds. It is also made up of living cells before the wood is harvested. These cells, whether dead or alive, can be attacked by diseases that compromise the quality of the wood. For this reason, it is elemental to ensure that you use treated wood when setting up your timber roof truss. Here are some of the various methods that can be used to treat your trusses:

  • Double Vacuum and Low Pressure Treatments-double vacuum, and low pressure treatment methods are used to provide protection that can last for over thirty years. This technique creates a protective envelope on the surface of the wood and does not change the colour of the timber roof trusses. Water repellence attributes can also be incorporated in the coating to maximise protection.
  • Pressure-Treatment-in pressure treatment, inorganic arsenical treatments are forced into the structure of the wood under high pressure. A pressurised chamber is used to change the structure of the wood so that it is impermeable to disease and other forms of attack.
  • Kiln Treatment- In this method, the wood is heated under high temperature for over thirty minutes to kill any disease causing organisms and make the structure resistant to rotting and attack.