Can wood be affected by salt spray corrosion?

Typically when we discuss salt spray corrosion on this blog, it's in reference to its affects on metal and plastic components that are used in the manufacturing process. But it's worth noting that other materials can be affected by salt corrosion, particularly when they're located in ocean environments or near roadways where salt is used to de-ice pavement.

The affects of this road-clearing technique are being experienced across the country in areas like Grand Rapids, Michigan, where pine and fir trees located next to freeways are suffering from rapid temperature changes and exposure to salt. The salt is kicked up into the air by car tires, and inhibits a tree's ability to properly replace water and adapt to winter weather.

As local ABC affiliate WZZM notes, over months of exposure the salt can wreak havoc on a tree's bark and needles, leaving them brown and dried up.

Given the affect that this can have on pine and fir trees—which are commonly used in building construction, in addition to other industries—it's worth noting that these effects can be experienced when wood products are exposed to the same conditions.

For this reason, it's important for manufacturers and engineers to determine how susceptible their wooden products will be to such corrosion and develop solutions that will eliminate the risk of deterioration. This requires vigorous and thorough environmental testing, but the investment in this process will eventually pay off when you have developed a product that will hold up under tough winter conditions. If you're looking for a reliable supplier of testing equipment, make sure to contact Auto Technology Company today!