In spite of the amazingly flexible and effective application possibilities, synthetic resin is often not included in the selection for the restoration and renovation of wood. High-quality synthetic resins can restore static defects in retaining constructions and conserve and protect old wood.
Often the smaller "evil" for wood
If you think about synthetic resin and wood, you may first notice the restored table top. However, the specific static properties of synthetic resin can be much more in the field of building physics. As a supplement and extension of the fibrous wood, more extensive damage to the wood can be repaired.
Synthetic resin has a reasonable reputation for being environmentally and healthily a disadvantageous material. Solvent content and toxic ingredients make synthetic resin in the minds of many friends of natural building materials like wood as a material. However, it is often overlooked that wood treatment methods, which are required in the context of preservation and repair, often have the same "side effects".
Longevity can lead to an acceptable environmental balance
Synthetic resin as a starting material is a chemical-physical artifact whose processability and properties depend on the addition of toxic and harmful substances. These substances are process-dependent in most cases and volatilize almost completely during the drying and hardening of the starting material.
Undisputed compounds of synthetic resin and wood form a permanent material mixture that must be declared as special waste in case of disposal. The extraordinary longevity of the connections pushes this case of disposal, however, if necessary for decades. In order to obtain old wood without synthetic resin over such a long period, impregnations, paints, fungicidal or insecticidal auxiliary substances are required. To draw an honest environmental and health record, both models should be extrapolated against each other.
Multiple functions possible and usually given
If synthetic resin is used as a stabilizer and remediation material for load-bearing woodwork, longevity is the goal for decades. Professionally used synthetic resin fulfills several functions in parallel:
- Static stabilization
- Insect resistance
- Resistance to water and moisture
- Optionally preserving old woodwork