Have You Got A Termite Barrier?

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Buying a home is probably the biggest investment that you will ever make in your lifetime. As such, it makes perfect sense to protect your investment.

One type of protection you will need for your home is a termite barrier.

What is a termite barrier?

As its name implies, the main function of a termite barrier is the prevention of the entry of termites into your property or into the timber buried in the soil. In Australia, the National Construction Code mandates the installation of this termite prevention method during the construction of new structures.

There are two basic types of termite barriers: physical and chemical barriers. Here’s a brief overview of each.

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Physical termite barriers

When your home is still being built or if you are adding new structures on your property or expanding your current home, it is highly recommended that you use a physical termite barrier. This type of barrier is installed beneath slabs of homes and buildings. Like moisture layers, physical termite barriers are installed just before the slab is poured.

Physical barriers come in different types, including metal shields, granite chips, and stainless steel mesh. These may be installed to cover an entire slab or partially to create a perimeter. Stainless steel mesh may also be used to protect walls and floors. Stone barriers, on the other hand, are processed in such a way that their size and shape prevent the entry of termites between each particle.

Chemical termite barriers

Chemical termite barriers, on the other hand, refer to the chemicals that are applied to the soil to prevent the entry of termites into a property. These chemicals may be applied directly beneath the concrete floor or around a structure’s foundation.

Chemical barriers may be applied during the construction of a building or home or even after the construction, providing a high level of fortification against termites. Chemical barriers come in different types. There are chemical barriers which are formulated to kill termites while there are some that simply deter the entry of these unwanted guests. There are also chemicals used to treat timber.

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Creating a formidable barrier

These two types of termite barriers are often used together. Typically, the soil is treated first with a chemical barrier. Later on, a physical barrier is used just before the slab is poured.

For existing structures, pest control experts may need to bore holes on different parts of the building to install or apply the appropriate termite barrier.

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