If you are building a brand new home, it is a good idea to find out whether or not you are building in a termite prone area. If you are, then it is important to make sure you take precautions in order to ensure your home is protected from these destructive pests right from the beginning. Termites have the ability to cause thousands of dollars damage in the blink of an eye – and you may not even see any of the damage until it is simply too late. Once damage is visible, your home may even be beyond repair – which is a devastating outcome for anyone.
The construction phase is the best time to install anti-termite barriers – as it ensures your home is protected from the get-go, and it is also the cheapest time to get it done. There are two types of termite barriers you can choose from – chemical barriers and physical barriers. If you are building a new home and looking to install something in the construction phase, a physical barrier is the way to go.
So what is a physical termite protection barrier, and how does it work? In short, a physical barrier is a layer beneath the slab of your home (hence why it needs to be done during the building phase). They are essentially wide sheets that are laid in much the same way as moisture barriers – and they need to be laid down before the slab itself is actually poured. Good quality sheets should be overlapped, sealed and also taped down with quality cloth tape in order to ensure they are completely secure – termites are tiny after all!
Physical barriers are very long lasting, and should stay in place with ease. The main benefit of these types of barriers is the fact that once they are installed, there is no need to maintain them. There are no chemicals that need to be topped up, and there isn’t really anything that should need repairing or replacing.
So, if you are building a new home, there are a few things you need to find out and consider. If you are building in a known termite-prone area, it really is essential to install some sort of protection. In the case of termites, prevention is far better than the cure – because in some cases the cure might not be financially viable. If you decide to protect your home, a physical barrier is the best option if you are building, as it is easy to install and should practically last the life of your home. Talk to an expert today, and see how you can beat the termites.