One of an occasional series of book reviews:
Unfortunately, many buildings throughout the world are at an increased risk of timber decay. If you are interested in taking an in-depth look at this topic, Timber Decay in Buildings: The Conservation Approach to Treatment: Decay, Treatment and Conservation: The Conservation Approach to Treatment (Guides for Practitioners) will prove to be an invaluable tool. From looking at the causes of wood decay, including the possible consequences of increased global warning, to examining treatment options that will minimise the impact it has on the environment, Dr. Brian Ridout has written a book that is ideal for anyone involved with wood preservation, especially those dealing with historic structures.
As one of the United Kingdom’s most respected timber decay specialists, Dr. Brian Ridout has established a reputation as one of the top international experts on timber decay. He has been an integral part of the conservation of several of the most celebrated buildings in the world.
The book is divided into four sections. Section 1 provides detailed information on timber as a living material, while Section 2 delves into how to handle decay organisms and their habitat needs. Section 3 looks at how wood responds to alterations in moisture levels. Finally, Section 4 examines an approach to timber decay that relies on your knowledge concerning the organism, its needs and natural predators, with proper and targeted chemical treatments.
Dr. Ridout explores the best treatment options, with an emphasis on environmentally friendly options. However, he does point out that it is impossible to take a completely “go without chemicals” approach when treating timber decay. This is the result of often inferior workmanship and the fact that it is difficult to find high quality, durable timber. Dr. Ridout discusses the most common timber destroying organisms, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of different treatment options for each. He also looks specifically at the restoration of derelict and fire damaged buildings.
If you own a building that is suffering from timber decay it is important to know the most effective and environmentally friendly conservation options. Thanks to Dr. Ridout, this book provides an overview of the things you need to know in a relatively easy to read format.
If you’re concerned about timber decay, have a look at our pages about dry rot.