The Surprising Benefits of Pest-Proof Construction
Despite the tireless efforts of Saskatchewan termites to stop the release of this article, it’s time to let the secret out: Homeowners and contractors have a big opportunity to save money when it comes to choosing building materials.
Critters including termites, rats, mice, grey squirrels and others have a history of causing costly structural damage to buildings and homes, damaging thermal insulation, electrical wiring, drainage systems and other components.
The good news is that some of this impact is preventable. Whether you develop or design commercial property, plan to build your own home, or want to increase your education on pest management, here are some of the best pest resistant materials on the modern construction market:
Concrete is recognized worldwide as a highly versatile and insect resistant building material.
Some concrete materials, such as AAC blocks, offer additional benefits like superior heat, fire and sound resistance, making them an excellent choice for hotel developers, hospitals, and the like.
Despite the fact that it’s not bug friendly, concrete does play nicely with other parts of mother nature. Environmental studies show that sustainable forms of concrete that use recycled materials in the mix reduce global CO2 emissions.
For centuries societies across the world have used both brick and stone for the residential and commercial construction. In fact, brick has become so popular that we now see it widely used in the interior of homes as an upgrade from typical interior wall finishes.
Brick offers many benefits, including the minimization of mold growth and infestation by insects. As an added bonus, brick is such a strong and durable building material that it may qualify you for insurance discounts.
Fiber-cement siding is one of the most innovative materials that stop termites and other bugs in their tracks. The panels are made of a mixture that includes cellulose fibers, sand and cement. Once installed, they require little maintenance and can withstand severe frost and high levels of moisture.
It not only repels wood chomping insects, but it also has a longer lifespan than some other siding options.
From metal roofs to iron gates to custom copper eavestroughs, metal is a popular choice in modern construction design. Bugs won’t be pleased to sink their teeth into the tough stuff, and since metal is often hot, they won’t be fond of clinging to it for long. (Imagine rats bouncing on a hot, tin roof!)
As with fiber-cement, metal building supplies, like roofing materials, may be more expensive, but they last longer, and, as with brick, they can potentially qualify you for reduced insurance premiums.
All in all metal is a great choice for humans because it’s the least likely choice for an insect habitat.
While pest resistant construction materials are the emphasis here, they cannot stand alone. A strong preventive maintenance program is essential, especially if you’re responsible for pest control in schools and hospitals, or other businesses that host high volumes of people and food.
No matter what type of materials you select, keep in mind that a professional pest management company like Premier can help you create a pest management plan for long-term bug-free success. We’ll help you create a residential or commercial pest control plan that suits your needs.
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