Protect wood and wood composites from destroying organisms, rot decay fungi, and subterranean termites.
Wood-plastic compounds (WPCs) are popular building materials thanks to their durability, low maintenance, and appearance. To protect investments and meet demands, WPC manufacturers can depend on Borogard® ZB.
For more than 15 years, Borogard ZB has successfully protected WPCs against rot and decay, inhibited mold, and enhanced UV light stabilization. Its biostatic properties, low cost, and excellent safety attributes make Borogard ZB the leading preservative treatment available.
Independent laboratory and field studies carried out by universities and government testing facilities have shown that WPCs treated with Borogard ZB resist the ravages of a range of wood-destroying organisms in above-ground uses, including:
As an additive in the manufacturing of WPCs, Borogard ZB can control the growth of white and brown rot decay fungi. As a wood preservative, it also helps to protect WPCs from damage caused by wood-destroying insects, including Formosan subterranean termites. But Borogard ZB's performance goes beyond its broad-spectrum efficacy against all wood-destroying organisms.
In independent tests performed in Hawaii on aspen flake composites, Borogard ZB wood preservative at a retention of 0.75% (w/w) provided protection against decay fungi and Formosan subterranean termites.
Borogard ZB has been used in North America for years, with a broad spectrum of efficacy and low acute mammalian toxicity. However, WPCs treated with Borogard ZB are not suitable for ground contact and must be protected with a water-repellent coating when used in exterior applications (e.g., joinery and siding).
Borogard ZB is leach resistant—only sparingly soluble in water at room temperature (< 0.28% w/w). It contains no organic components and does not require the use of organic solvents because it is applied as a dry powder.
By adding Borogard ZB before or during the blending process, you can achieve a thorough and uniform distribution of the chemical throughout the composite material. Efficient distribution of the preservative in the manufactured board can be confirmed by chemical assay.
Borogard ZB is chemically stable to 290°C and is not altered during normal wood composite manufacturing processes. Composites treated with appropriate levels of Borogard ZB generally retain their natural appearance and strength. Ferrous metals, plastics, rubber, putties, bituminous solutions, other sealants, primer, and finish paints are not adversely affected by wood composites treated with Borogard ZB.
WPC manufacturers should determine the Borogard ZB loadings for their treated products and end-use applications. Borogard ZB loadings should not exceed 8% (w/w), and loadings in excess of 1.5% (w/w) might require additional adhesive binder to compensate for possible effects on strength.
Formula weight: 434.66
Appearance: White, odorless, powder
Median particle size: 7 microns (Sedigraph)
Solubility: Less than 0.28% in water at room temperature
Stability: Thermally stable up to 290°C. Can be hydrolyzed by strong acids and bases
Crystal density: 2.79 g/cc
Boric Oxide, B2O3: 48.05%
Zinc oxide, ZnO: 37.45%
Water of crystallization, H2O: 14.50%
Containers: Multi-wall paper bags with a polyethylene moisture-resistant film barrier, 50 pounds (22.7 kg) net; 55 pounds (25 kg) net; or superbags with polyethylene liner, 2500 pounds (1134 kg) net
Stability: When stored under normal conditions of temperature and humidity, Borogard ZB is chemically stable and shows no tendency to cake.