If you have ever been inside a building that has utilized wood as part of the architectural structure and wondered how that was possible, the answer is autoclaving. Many people enjoy the look and feel of a log cabin, a home with wood features, or other building constructed of beautiful pieces of natural looking wood, but the reality is that wood is susceptible to the natural elements and will naturally deteriorate, leaving the home or building unsuitable for living.

When wood is exposed to the elements such as weather and insects, they can begin to decompose and a home or building can be quickly deemed uninhabitable if the wood and timber is decaying. However, the autoclave process for timber impregnation and wood treatment can help build beautiful homes and structures that can last a lifetime! Read further to learn more about the autoclave process for timber impregnation and wood treatment.

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How it Works

The process for treating and impregnating wood through an autoclave system is fairly simple and is typically used for timber for building, door frames, window frames, shutters and other wooden materials. The first phase of the process is to use a vacuum to remove the air from the pieces of wood. The next phase is to insert the preservative into the wood.

Non-harmful preservatives that are water-based or composed of other non-harmful substances are then injected into the wood. This is what gives the wood the ability to last longer and decrease the harm caused by bugs, rain, and other elements they will endure from the environment. The last phase of the process involves resetting the wood back to the correct atmospheric pressure. This phase is essential in order to get the timber back to the appropriate pressure to be used for construction or whatever purpose it was intended.

When autoclaving is used for treating and impregnating wood to help it last longer, the natural look or content of the wood is not affected. This makes the autoclave process an environmentally friendly choice for preserving wood and using it for construction, with very little damage done to the wood or to the environment. As you can see this process is perfect for constructing beautiful buildings, homes, and other structures that maintain the natural beauty of the wood while increasing the durability and chances that the structure will sustain the elements. 

Topics: Autoclave

Author: Jeff Lippincott