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The Advantages of Fire Treated Wood

When it comes time to decide what type of material to build with, architects and homebuilders often choose wood mainly because of its aesthetically pleasing look and adaptability in design. Thereafter, they must decide whether or not to purchase fire treated lumber for a project. Undeniably, wood is a naturally beautiful raw material with versatility; therefore, its widely used throughout the world in modern builds. FRTW, or Fire Retardant Treated Wood, is the chemical solution applied for this specific treatment. FRTW is an excellent technique that decreases the chance of a fire burning an entire building. Furthermore, using this type of lumber can help builders surmount restrictions by safety requirements and regulations in regards to potential fire hazards. Wood is a sustainable option in building material and using FRTW makes it a safe, modern choice. Furthermore, there are a number of advantages to selecting lumber processed in this manner.

Advantages of Fire Treated Wood

  • FRTW can be safely used in both interior (inclusive of humid interiors) and exterior builds.
  • Expenditures may also decrease since there will be no need for a sprinkler system in some cases.
  • The smoke impact is substantially reduced when fire treated wood is ignited. 
  • The chemicals used in the process are water-based and non-toxic.
  • Fire treated wood maintains its structural integrity at higher temperatures than steel.
  • Fire Retardant Treated Wood further reduces the speed of combustion by reducing flame travel rate.
  • The costs of FRTW are similar to pre-stained lumber.
  • The treatment lasts as long as the building.
  • Working with this treated wood allows for greater flexibility in designing a building for the architects in possible fire hazard zones.
  • Typical end uses encompass a variety of possiblities: roofing shingles, roof construction, internal wall and ceiling linings, and even scaffolding.
  • FRTW is manufactured in Canada with the utmost of integrity. Therefore, manufacturers are fully supportive of the product.
  • FRTW offers job site convenience in that the wood can be crosscut to length and drilled for holes after treatment, without a loss of its effectiveness.
  • The treatment is not considered hazardous so there need not be any further safeguards taken when working with the material other than the usual dust masks and eye goggle protection.
  • A home or building constructed using fire retardant treated wood will hold its resale value.
Longhouse applies the correct type of fire treatment to lumber in their facility to Canada’s building codes and standards. This allows a wide range of Fire Retardant Treated Wood based products to comply with stringent regulations. Builders choose wood as a renewable, sustainable choice that is also energy efficient to harvest. With over twenty years of experience in applying fire retardant treatments, we have the expertise clients trust.
Longhouse Specialty Forest Products

Welcome to Longhouse Specialty Forest Products Weekly Blog

Longhouse Specialty Forest Products

Here at Longhouse Specialty Forest Products we have a passion for the sustainably harvested coastal softwoods that we are proud to work with everyday.  With our new blog we hope to highlight the versatile, and innovative ways that costal softwoods are used in our local market, and around the world.  As the world turns to greener building materials, Vancouver Islands greatest natural resource is becoming more, and more in demand.  All of our products are sustainably harvested on local Vancouver Island woodlots, and all of our suppliers are members of the regulatory Vancouver Island woodlot association.  We believe that our little corner of the world produces the finest, and most beautiful softwoods, and we are proud to be ambassadors for these unique products.

We are truly a local company having been based in the Oceanside area for over 30 years, but the Jenkins family has been working in the forestry industry in this area for over 100 years.  We have seen many changes in the industry, and have worked hard to keep on top of the latest changes in our industry.

Feel free to post any questions or comments about coastal softwoods, pre-staining, or any other enquire below in the comments sections, we will do our best to respond to any and all questions.  Alternatively if your in the Parksville area, and would like to chat with owners Brian, and Moila Jenkins stop by our office (Open 8am-5pm Monday-Friday) .

Longhouse Specialty Forest Products OfficeCheck back very every week for info, pictures of projects, and more.  We look forward to sharing our passion for coastal softwood products with the world.

Office: 860 Sohier Rd Parksville, BC V9P 2B8