TERMITE-riddled verandah posts are a thing of the past. WA company Polymer Design Building Products has developed a range of posts from polymer that repel termites and do not warp, rust, rot or split.Polymer Design marketing manager Murray Simcock said the Maxiposts came in modules that could be mixed and matched to maximise the choices for architects and designers.The post modules are fitted around a galvanised steel pole. On its own the steel can support 2.5 tonnes but with the modules fitted that increases to 17.5 tonnes.Mr Simcock said because the posts were termite-proof they could be set in the ground. Timber verandah posts need to be mounted on stirrups to minimise the chance of termites attacking them.One Queensland builder was recently prosecuted for using untreated timber verandah posts. The untreated timber gave termites access to the building.Mr Simcock said the Maxiposts were used in the construction of the Birralee Nursing Home, in Homeswest houses, in buildings in Broome and in renovations on homes in North Perth and Applecross.As well as its Maxiposts, Polymer Design also produces a range of bollards and light fittings. It is also in the process of designing a line of fretwork to fit between the posts.
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