Termites are migrating farther north. Researchers at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have predicted that the United States will see an annual average rise in temperature of 3 to more than 4 degrees Celsius over the next century. It’s believed this slow temperature climb is allowing termites to better survive the winters in more northern climates, such as parts of Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota. In fact, the only state where termites cannot survive is Alaska. In all but a handful of states, new construction financed by FHA or VA requires a termite treatment.
If you are a builder or remodeler in an area where termites traditionally haven’t been a concern, it could be time to get ahead of their spread by considering building materials that are engineered to resist termite decay.
One of the most important advantages of LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding is that they are engineered to effectively resist damage from termites. During the proprietary SmartGuard® process, these engineered wood products are treated to the core with zinc borate. Zinc borate is made of naturally occurring substances that have been proven to resist termites and fungal decay for decades. This treatment is applied throughout the substrate of all LP SmartSide products, which are then factory-primed to add yet another level of protection against moisture.
The termite resistance of LP SmartSide products has been proven with testing in the tropical rainforest of Hilo, Hawaii, home to thriving colonies of Formosan termites – the most aggressive species of termite. This environment also poses an average temperature of more than 70 degrees, high levels of humidity and almost 170 inches of annual rainfall. Even after years of exposure to termites in wet and humid conditions, LP SmartSide samples remained structurally sound.
Both homeowners and builders can be confident in the durability of LP SmartSide products. For more information on using these products for your next construction project, find a dealer near you.
In the last few months, the world has been completely upended by COVID-19. Construction and building material suppliers have been named “essential” businesses in many states, but the designation continues to evolve in both definition and implementation. The NAHB has an interactive map with statewide stay-at-home orders and construction exemptions to those orders, but contact your local HBA or regulatory offices for up-to-date or more detailed information. While uncertainties about the future of the building industry loom, there are a number of proactive measures you can take in the interim to help your business during this trying time.