A review of the causes of wood deterioration and some preventive measures
This paper examines the problems and prospects associated with the structural use of wood. The paper reveals that wood deterioration is caused by microbiological and entomological agents and weathering among others. Deterioration due to microbiological and entomological agents is as a result of the actions of bacteria, fungi and insects while weathering is as a result of the actions of water, light and heat. The paper also suggests that the deterioration due to these two main causes can be prevented through the use of naturally durable woods, wood preservatives and site and soil treatments. The paper concluded by observing that wood is the most widely used of all building materials because of its abundance and good workability.