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As Termites Spread Into Northern States, Termite-Resistant Products Become Crucial

Termites are migrating farther north. Researchers at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have predicted that the United States will see an annual average rise in temperature of 3 to more than 4 degrees Celsius over the next century. It’s believed this slow temperature climb is allowing termites to better survive the winters in more northern climates, such as parts of Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota. In fact, the only state where termites cannot survive is Alaska. In all but a handful of states, new construction financed by FHA or VA requires a termite treatment.

Termites Are No Match for LP Engineered Wood

If you are a builder or remodeler in an area where termites traditionally haven’t been a concern, it could be time to get ahead of their spread by considering building materials that are engineered to resist termite decay.

One of the most important advantages of LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding is that they are engineered to effectively resist damage from termites. During the proprietary SmartGuard® process, these engineered wood products are treated to the core with zinc borate. Zinc borate is made of naturally derived substances that have been proven to resist termites and fungal decay for decades. This treatment is applied throughout the substrate of all LP SmartSide products, which are then factory-primed to add yet another level of protection against moisture.

Tested in the Jungles of Hawaii

The termite resistance of LP SmartSide products has been proven with testing in the tropical rainforest of Hilo, Hawaii, home to thriving colonies of Formosan termites – the most aggressive species of termite. This environment also poses an average temperature of more than 70 degrees, high levels of humidity and almost 170 inches of annual rainfall. Even after years of exposure to termites in wet and humid conditions, LP SmartSide samples remained structurally sound.

Learn More About LP SmartSide Home Siding Options

Both homeowners and builders can be confident in the durability of LP SmartSide products. For more information on using these products for your next construction project, find a dealer near you.

 

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