Care of timber and wood-based products on building sites
Timber is one of the most common materials on a building site but is often one of the least respected. Despite being reasonably resilient and able to withstand a certain amount of abuse without damage, a lack of care both before and during the construction process can affect wood products adversely.
The main problems are:
- changes in moisture content due to excessive wetting or drying which can cause subsequent problems, such as shrinkage
- distortion and physical damage
- deterioration including splits, decay and discolouration
- corrosion of metal fastenings
Good, well-organised site storage practice, which follows all relevant health and safety guidelines, will help to minimise these risks.
- Moisture content
- Care in manufacture and delivery
- Storing timber on site
- Building programme
- Waste and recycling
This Wood Information Sheet was reviewed in March 2020. Minimal amendments have been made to update the references.
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