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Is a termite shield required for new houses?
Thursday, May 21, 2020
One old-time requirement that is no longer in the building code is a termite shield. Before the modern slab-on-grade construction, when most homes had a raised wood floor on a stem wall or piers, a strip of sheet metal placed between the foundation and floor framing created a formidable termite barrier because the knife-edge of the metal was difficult for them to build a mud tube around. Termite shields are a less-than-perfect solution that termites can find a way around if not meticulously installed, and are still used today by some builders, although not required.
To read more about it, go to our blog post What are the building code requirements for making a house termite resistant? and What is a termite shield?
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