It has been daunting me for years, the ongoing problem my customers have who have weather board homes.
The problems in question are usually associated with non structural timbers either as vermin or domestic animal/pet control or purely for cosmetic purposes.
Baseboards, these are the external timbers below the floor level that are attached to the outer stumps.
These baseboards are particularly vulnerable to decay or worst the most likely entry points to Termite infestations as many of my clients would know.
Yes, it does look spectacular to have yellow tulips against the backdrop of heritage blue baseboards and orange fungus extruding from the bottom board also, the home aesthetically pleasing as if it was growing itself.
However, its also a recipe for disaster.
Most clients inherited these problems. It may very well be that the associated beauty played some role in the initial purchase of the home. As a Timber Pest Inspector reporting on these problems, is necessary. It is also a burden on my clients behalf.
The good news is there is a solution in sight. I realised that Recycled Plastic like the ones used at my daughters playground would be ideal for the bottom base boards.
No longer will I be reporting that base boards need removing or garden moved away. You can keep your Tulips as long as timbers are replaced with Replas. Now everyone except for termites is happy including the environment.