Wood decay in buildings: causes and cures

With an estimated 27 million homes in the UK of which the majority portion will have structural and framing timbers supporting them, wood decay is inevitably a continuous problem. However, what are these wood-related issues and how can they be resolved?

In this webinar recording, Dr Peter Fitzsimons reviews of typical wood-related problems such as wood-boring insects, dry rot, wet rot, etc. and the available in situ repair solutions. We will assess the role of wood preservatives for both curative and preventative treatments and discuss whether modern materials and designs will make timber buildings more or less resistant to biological degrade in the future?

To find out more, grab yourself a cup of coffee or tea, sit back and click to view our one hour webinar below.


What you will learn from the webinar

  • What are the causes of wood decay?
  • How we can better advise our customers/clients
  • What is considered ‘best practice’ in terms of repair?
  • Is there still a role for wood preservatives?
  • Building designs: are we likely to see less wood decay in future buildings

Benefits – Why YOU should watch the webinar

  • Better understanding of wood decay processes and timbers’ natural durability
  • Learn how wood/timber decay can impact a building
  • Better understand your repair options and solutions
  • Straightforward online learning while sitting at your desk
  • Improve your knowledge and expertise

About the presenter – Dr Peter Fitzsimons

Peter joined the Property Care Association as Technical Manager in April 2018.

His research interests took him into the construction chemicals industry where he spent 20 years as Technical Manager/Director. About 12 years ago, his particular interest in wood preservation lead him to join BASF, then Rütgers Organics GmbH, giving him a broader insight into European biocide markets.

Today, Peter represents the PCA on all matters relating to invasive weed control but also delivers our training for the recently developed Biocides competence certificate for technicians (timber protection).

Additional information about wood decay

For those looking to find out more about wood decay, click on the button below to view the PCA’s Timber Preservation Document library where you will find a variety of Technical Guidance documents and Codes of Practice

In addition, remember to visit our news section for all the latest updates within the industry and don’t forget to go to our professional pages for help and guidance on timber preservation & treatments.

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Find a PCA Qualified Timber Preservation Specialist

The PCA understands that having confidence with the timber repair specialist you choose is impotant. That is why we have created a database of registered members who are industry leading and qualified damp control specialists. Get in touch with a qualified specialist near you using our search box below.

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Other related Information

As the Trade Association for the industry, the Property Care Association offers a variety of webinars, tools and training courses to help you with your professional development. Take a look at some of the options below.

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