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Safeguard your new home with physical barriers

Physical barrier termite treatments are most often used for termite protection in new construction projects. The physical products are integrated into the structural elements of the building to create a complete ad continuous barrier.
When designed and installed correctly, the only way termites can enter the structure is by building a trail over a designated perimeter inspection zone. When they do this, they become visible and can be dealt with.
Physical barriers provide the least-toxic method of termite barrier treatment for new buildings in Melbourne.

How do physical termite barriers work?
A correctly installed physical barrier, working in conjunction with the construction elements, is designed to prevent concealed termite entry into the home. That is, to get around a physical barrier the termites have to make themselves visible. For example termites moving up through the inside of a brick pier may hit a metal “ant” cap. To continue their way upwards they need to a mud tube over the visible part of the metal sheet. When the termites become visible they will be spotted during a regular termite inspection, which should be conducted yearly to comply with the Australian Standard.

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Designing your physical termite barrier

Protecting new homes and extensions from termites requires the termite management products to work in a seamless design with the construction elements to eliminate potential entry points such as joins in concrete slabs or brickwork and around penetration points where utilities enter buildings.

To protect a building, invariably a combination of different products is required to protect the various potential termite entry points that are created during construction

At Termibuild we used a combination of termite membranes, termite collars, foams and sealants to provide a superior, integrated termite protection system for your home.
There have been a number of recent changes to the Building Codes and Australian Standards, making it more challenging to remain compliant with the governing regulation. Here at TermiBuild, we are up to speed with all the latest developments to ensure we design the best and compliant termite protection systems to protect the home and ensure quick approval on completion.

Termite Membranes

The modern version of “ant” capping are termite membranes, which are thick, flexible polymer sheeting, containing a long lasting insecticide.
Being impregnated with insecticide, these membranes provide both a physical and chemical termite barrier, making this method of pre-construction protection safe, affordable and very effective.

Termite membranes are tough plastic sheet membranes, rather like a damp course material. They are impregnated with termiticide, such as bifenthrin or deltamethrin, to make them highly repellent and toxic to termites. Typically the termite membrane is installed before framing and extends across the wall cavity and though the brickwork. They are odourless and are expected to last at least 50 years and require almost no ongoing maintenance.

Termite Collars

In any building construction, the services (water, drainage, electricity and phone) create a large number of “penetrations” which give termites easy access from the soil to your house. Termites can travel up the inside of the conduit (pipes) or on the outside of the pipes, even squeezing through caps between the pipes and any surrounding concrete.
In houses constructed on a concrete slab, these penetrations are hidden in the slab and so need to be protected during the construction process (after the house has been built, it’s too late!).

The use of solid plastic termite collars for standard diameter penetrations or collars made of flexible material for a wide variety of installations are required to be but in place prior to the concrete being poured, and are vital for termite protection.

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