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About Waxwood Timber Treatment

Waxwood, the Preservation of Timber

Termites and timber decay present a significant hazard to the built environment in many parts of Australia.
The best form of asset protection is to use both external barrier protection and inherently termite resistant construction materials. Particularly for outdoor applications, preservative treated timber and wood products are useful, durable and versatile building material.
Preservative treatment of timber prolongs the life of the timber.
This reduces the amount of timber we require for construction, and also allows us to use normally non durable timber species like pine for exterior applications.

An outdoor pond surrounded by waxwood decking
What Is Waxwood?

Waxwood is a form of timber preservation that contains no arsenic or chrome like traditional treated timber. It is treated against insect and fungal attack. So termites wont eat it, or rot affect it.
The termite treated timber has been developed to provide an alternative to traditional arsenic and chrome based timber preservation products.

Using Waxwood

We have been producing Waxwood for over ten years at Sawmill Trading Company. It is used for all aspects of outdoor construction, from timber decks and vegetable patches in residential backyards, to bridge and jetty supports in large civil projects.
It is safe to use for children’s play equipment, outdoor furniture manufacture, domestic decks and pergolas, animal penning, and public domain works.

Waxwood Timber Applications

Waxwood timber is a treatment that can be applied to either hardwood or pine, and can be treated to Hazard Level 3, for above ground application; or to hazard Level 4, for in ground applications. This is done using a vacuum pressure impregnation treatment plant.
It is a copper based treatment with the added benefits of paraffin wax to make the timber water repellent. This reduces the effects of weathering when used in outdoor applications, as water cannot easily enter, then leave the timber, reducing expansion and contraction, thus splitting and checking.

Versatility of Waxwood

Waxwood can be stained, painted, or oiled. It is covered by Australian Standard 1604 – Specification for Preservative Treatment.
Preservative timber treatment of timber prolongs the life of the timber. This reduces the amount of timber we require for construction, and also allows us to use normally non durable timber species like pine for exterior applications.