Wood – It’s Real

Right now, we’re getting ready to install our new metal roof and PV laminate system; but first, we had to take a serious look at the truss system.  This is the original truss system made of untreated wood, and unfortunately, it only had about five years left, so it wouldn’t make too much sense to put a brand new roof and PV system which will be around for many years to come.

We chose to stick close to nature by using pressure-treated wood.  These trusses are made from Southern Pine-this wood offers a unique cellular structure which allows it to hold preservatives exceptionally well. It’s rot and insect resistant which makes it an ideal product for hot and humid Florida. The other thing to keep in mind is that pressure treated wood is affordable, easy to find and easy to use, making it the most widely accepted and used outdoor building materials.

Why else is wood good? Well, it’s the best insulator against heat and cold-it doesn’t conduct heat and cold meaning these trusses will go a long way in helping us reduce overall energy costs for this barn. It’s the only renewable building material. It’s recyclable and can be regenerated too. During the manufacturing process, wood produces the least amount of greenhouse gases when compared to other truss options. Last but not least, did you know the U.S. has as many trees as it did 100 years ago? Why? Sustainable forestry is the key. In Southern Pine forests, more trees are planted each year than are harvested. This ensures that locally grown Southern Pine will be around for generations to come.

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