Quality of Copper Impregnated Wood in Slovenian Hardware Stores
Research subject and fields:
Ten different samples from Slovenian hardware stores were analysed. Samples were treated with copper based wood preservatives that were designed and advertised to be used in heavy duty applications in ground (use classes 4) and above ground (use classes 3.2). Retention and fungicidal properties were determined in order to establish the quality of treatment quality. Retention was determined by XRF analysis, while a modifi ed EN 113 procedure was applied for the assessment of fungicidal properties. Two brown rot fungal species, Gloeophyllum trabeum and Fibroporia vaillantii, were used for durability testing. The results of the analysis clearly showed that only three of the inspected wood products met penetration requirements, and none of them had sufficient retention, which is also reflected in insufficient durability against wood decay fungi.