Determining the best option for a durable wood product can be confusing due to the wide array of options
available. Assessing project needs and selecting the appropriate product can lead to long‐lasting, visually
pleasing projects. Maintenance of existing materials is as important as proper material selection. This article
discusses options and strategies that designers and specifiers can use to choose the best solutions suited for
wood application to provide durability.
Primary Audience: Engineers, Code Officials, Others
- Become familiar with the decay and termite hazards included in risk assessment for wood products.
- Become familiar with options available for protection of wood products.
- Be aware of maintenance requirements for various wood products.
- Learn about the impacts on wood properties due to treatment and preservation processes.
Equivalencies: 1.0 Hours of Instruction = 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEU) = 1 Professional Development Hours (PDH) = 1 Learning Units (LU)