New research by the University of Newcastle has found that plastic door sills are the most effective barrier to pests and diseases.
Key points:Researchers found that door sill plastic has a 50-50 chance of not being damaged when a pest or disease attacksThe plastic sills had a higher survival rate of the pest and disease than a non-plastic model, suggesting that it would have a better chance of surviving a pest attack”The results from this study were interesting and important,” said lead author Dr Richard Skelton from the University’s School of Biological Sciences.
“Our findings show that we should be careful to choose the right type of plastic to install in our doors and window sills, rather than relying on cheaper materials like polycarbonate, which we tend to see on our screens and screens in general.”
This could be an important piece of advice for those who have a plastic door sill and do not wish to use polycarbonates.
“Dr Skelson’s team tested 10 different types of door sill plastics in their research and found that a 50 per cent reduction in plastic debris was possible with only 5 per cent of the plastic debris to be destroyed.
Dr Selsons team also found that the survival rate for pests and disease was significantly lower in plastic than in polycarbonated sills.”
The study highlights the importance of using the correct type of door siding to protect your doors, windows and doors from pests and germs,” he said.”
We found that when using plastic door panels for door installation, the risk of damage to your door was significantly reduced compared to non- plastic panels.
“It is important to be careful with the plastic that you choose as these types of plastic can be very brittle and can also cause damage to doors and doors hinges.”
As plastic is a widely-used material for door sashes, it is also recommended that you have a professional installer install your door panels and doors for you, rather then buying the plastic door panel and door sash individually.
“A study by a research group at the University revealed that the plastic silla in most homes in Australia, and the UK, was the least likely to be damaged by a pest, as long as the plastic was free of other types of debris.
The researchers looked at a range of door systems across Australia, including the Australian style and non-Australian styles, and tested the results of 10 types of sills using the same types of material.
The plastic panels had a 50:50 chance that the pest would not get a hold of the material.”
What this study shows is that we need to be more careful when choosing the type of silla that we install,” Dr Skelts said.
The results were similar to the results from a previous study of similar plastic sill panels installed in Sydney’s CBD.”
There is still room for improvement in this area and there is a good amount of research that is still to be done in this field, but the results are encouraging,” Dr Priti Ghose, a professor in the School of Natural Sciences, told ABC News.”
With plastic silling in many homes, we need a strong set of safety guidelines that can guide the people who install the plastic panels.””
We would urge all of us to ensure that we are taking care of the health of our door sides and doors,” Dr Ghose added.
A spokeswoman for the Australian Productivity Commission said she did not want to comment on the research before it was published.”
All of the products tested have been approved by the Australian Consumer Product Safety Commission,” she said.
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