An Extra Barrier of Protection

Termite BarrierTermites can cause damage to homes and businesses that severely degrades the value of the property while leading to considerable expenses in repairs. In order to fight off the potential damage that can be caused by these pests, a considerable amount of effort has been put into developing technology that limits their access to the infrastructure of buildings. One of the most effective technologies to come on the market is the Termite Shield. This device essentially entails creating a system of barriers using sheet metal of various kinds. It is installed during the construction process in order to limit the access of termites to wood and critical framing components such as studs and joints. It is most commonly seen in light-frame construction projects using metals such as aluminum, copper, galvanized steel and terne.

There are several different installation and manufacturing techniques that are used when working with termite shields in the home. In most cases, the shield is manufactured so that it can be installed between the top of foundation walls and the base of the wood plating. The majority of designs feature hemmed edges that will extend beyond the face of these walls. These design specifications have several different protective aims. In addition to guarding against infestation, the specially-designed edges of the plates divert water from the wall face. Incorporating plates from the base of the foundation tends to protect the structure from any subterranean access that termites might have when searching for entrance into the home.

While termite shields are effective in discouraging the activity of termites, they do not offer an airtight solution. However, they do make any termite activity more noticeable when it first begins, allowing homeowners to take action before the damage becomes serious. The choice in metals can also make a difference in the level of protection that you gain from these shields. Cooper tends to be the most popular choice for many different reasons.

Detecting Termite ActivityCopper will oxidize when exposed to air over long periods of time. Once oxidation occurs, the outer layer develops a greenish patina that will no longer be susceptible to corrosion. The result is a more permanent termite barrier that provides more durable protection over the life of the shield. Termites are also drawn to moisture, bringing water to the surface of the shields regularly. Other metals will be degraded by the presence of this moisture much more quickly than copper. Contractors who install these shields also prefer to work with copper because it is such a malleable metal. While the cost associated with copper can be higher than that associated with other products, the ease of installation and the durability is a considerable advantage.

Copper also has a long history of controlling insects that extends beyond termite shields. Copper has traditionally been used as an insecticide and protective wood treatment for many years. It was common for this metal to be mixed with other materials in order to form a protective barrier that discouraged a large number of insects that extended beyond termites

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