Over the decades, innovations in wood treatments have come a long way. Whereas previous building methods with untreated wood left buildings vulnerable to fire, there presently exists excellent methods of treating wood that not only decrease the likelihood of fire consuming the entire structure, but also reduces the speed of fire spreading.
Wood remains a popular choice in new builds due to its inherent natural beauty, sustainability, and versatility. Whether or not to have a fire-retardant treatment applied to wood is a moot point, particularly when it comes to senior care facilities and schools.
Fire Retardant Treated Wood (FRTW) is a solution with chemicals that not only decreases flame spread, but also reduces smoke impact. Treated wood will also maintain its structural integrity at higher temperatures than steel.