A borate treatment is a safe and effective choice to protect wood from harmful actors such as fungi, pests, and fire that threaten this essential construction material’s durability.
Boron is also used in interior materials such as nylon carpet. Borax decahydrate controls pH during the dyeing process, which prevents the jute backing from stains.
From PVC pipes to wiring to silicone-based sealants, polymers are abundant in buildings. However, polymers are highly susceptible to combustion and burning. Zinc borates combat this propensity through excellent fire retardancy properties, making them a great choice for developing safer buildings.
For decades, two major types of insulation—cellulose and fiberglass—have also benefitted from borates’ fire retardancy properties.
High-quality, water-soluble borates penetrate completely through wood, giving the protection wood needs to maintain its integrity and performance.
Boron is also commonly added to gypsum board, which increases the board’s strength and reduces weight.