Wood science is the study of wood as a material that is renewable and of biological origin. The processes and the tools used to utilize the material is what is known as wood technology. To be able to study wood it has to be compared to other products. The wood is checked against the other materials properties, performances, value, and work-ability. Wood has many advantages and this technology takes the advantages and utilizes them. The wide range of products where wood can be used is just one of the many advantages that give wood an upper hand over other products. Once a tree has been cut down another can be planted in the same spot. All the parts of wood can be put into use, and this makes it a better fit than other materials which most of their byproducts are a waste.
For your wooden products and house to stay for long and have a good appearance it needs to be protected. The biggest threat to wood being moisture and insects has to be kept away from the wood. The rotting and decay of the timber products are caused by the moisture and the insects. Alkaline copper Quaternary or the ACQ has turned out to be a very effective way wood preservation. The protection of from this chemical is based on copper. As effective as this preservative, it has some downside to its use. It has been seen corroding most metals for example aluminum in less than six months of its application. The species of the wood and the application of the wood will determine how many chemicals will be used on the wood. The level of chemical concentration will be determined by where the piece of wood is going to be put to use.
Another wood treating method that is fast being accepted is the use of copper metal. This method, unlike the ACQ, is friendly to the metal fasteners and its gaining popularity very fast. An alternative name to be given to this method is the micronized copper wood preservative method. A high-pressure liquid that has the copper metal mixed in it is driven into the wood. In other copper-based preservation methods copper is dissolved in chemicals while in this method copper is driven into the wood as a metal. The characteristics of the wood are highly improved and the when this process is used to treat wood. The wood products protected using this method last longer.
Termites cannot eat through timber treated through this method. It is not corrosive to metals used in together with the product. The wood treated using this method last longer and is stronger.