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Wood Treatment for Termites

What is Borate Treated Lumber?

Sunbelt’s Borate termite treatment is a wood preservative for lumber. It provides permanent protection against Formosan and other termite species, decay fungi, and wood-destroying insects in dry interior applications. It is unsuitable for applications exposed to the weather or in-ground contact and must be protected from exposure to liquid water.

Borate Product Features

  • Preservative-treated with Disodium Octoborate Tetrahydrate (DOT)
  • Applicable only in dry interior applications such as wood frame construction
  • Protects against Formosan Termites and other wood-destroying insects
  • Protects against fungal decay
  • Non-corrosive to metal fasteners
  • Non-toxic to humans and animals
  • Does not adversely affect the strength properties of the treated lumber or plywood
  • It is a colorless treatment but is also available with a dye to make job site product identification easier
  • It is applied through a pressure treatment process to optimize penetration of borate preservative
  • Lumber and plywood must be protected from exposure to the weather while in transit and while being stored at retail yards and job sites.
  • Covered by a 20-Year transferable limited warranty against structural damage due to fungal decay and/or insect damage, including both native and Formosan termites

Product Applications

  • Framing lumber
  • Studs
  • Sill plates
  • Floor joists
  • Roof rafters
  • Trusses
  • Plywood
  • Interior sheathing
  • Furring strips
  • Flooring
  • Moldings
  • Wood trim

Borate Wood Treatment Standards and Approvals

  • Meets American Wood Protection Association standards
  • Meets State of Hawaii requirements for protection against Formosan termites