What Can Be Done to Promote Long Service Life from Wood?

Build Green: Wood Can Last for Centuries provides many helpful tips for the homeowners.

Carol Clausen and Samuel Glass sum up their research in the following:

  1. Recognize the conditions that present a decay hazard for wood.
  2. When new construction is planned, protect wood from moisture and decay hazard by proper design.
  3. For above-ground uses where wood cannot be protected from excessive moisture, use decay-resistant wood, preferably preservative-treated.
  4. Where wood in permanent structures is in contact with soil, use preservative-treated wood that is approved for ground contact.
  5. When decay is detected, take corrective action to locate and stop the source of moisture, otherwise decay will only get worse!
  6. Contact professionals for additional advice and assistance.

The Carson Mansion in Eureka, California, built in 1884, is just one example of magnificent west coast Victorian structures constructed during the late 19th century that are still in service (Photo by Carol Clausen, FPL).

With time and attention, your wood can last for centuries!