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Termites cause billions of dollars in damage each year in the world. They primarily feed on wood, but also damage paper, books, insulation, and even swimming pool liners and filtration systems.
There are only a few wood species available in the world which are 100% guaranteed termite resistant. These wood species can only be found in Africa and South America, but definitely NOT in Indonesia, however, there are a few Indonesian hardwood wood species which will give some protection when the proper part of the tree is used (the core or "heart"). There is only one wood species in Indonesia which have a core so dense and hard that termites can't eat it. This species is Bangkirai. Close followers are Bojonegoro Teak, Merbau and Iron wood. However, as is the case with all trees the outer rings (called sap wood) are soft or softer than the core (heartwood). As a result termites attack this juicier and softer sapwood. A mix of heartwood and sap wood shall therefore NEVER be considered "termite resistant". Not one supplier in Indonesia is able to only supply heartwood only, it wil therefore always be a mix of heartwood and sap wood. Many suppliers in Indonesia claim that their homes are guaranteed 100% termite resistant until the client discovers otherwise after a few years. There need to be some extra measures to be taken to fully protect the wood. The client may decide whether or not to use a combination with a termi mesh, and/or a wood treatment for the mix of sap wood and heartwood. You may read below in more detail about how we protect the wood with our in-house developed treatment system. 100% termite resistant. As to support our claim that only heartwood is termite resistant and not the sap wood, browse down to the end of this page and click on the link. Once you are linked to that page browse down to "'FACT"  and click on the yellow links in that article. Along with our in-house (secret) developed environmental friendly anti termite treatment we are able to guarantee 100% termite resistance. Browse down to the bottom of the page marked in orange.   


DID YOU KNOW............

There is a huge misunderstanding about the termite resistance of Indonesian tropical hardwood. Among the tens of hardwood species available in Indonesia used for wooden house building there are only 4 hardwood species available which can be considered partly termite resistant, viz; Bojonegoro Teak (Djati teak), Iron wood, Merbau and Bangkirai, of which only Merbau and Bangkirai are commonly used for wooden prefab house building when termite resistance is a prerequisite (*). However, the misconception is that only the core part (called heartwood) of the Merbau and Baagkirai tree is termite resistant, the outer part of the tree, called sap wood, is NOT termite resistant.  In conclusion: Your wooden house will NOT be 100% termite resistant when building with a mix of sap wood and heartwood. Prefabworld Bali International carefully selects the heartwood from its supplier to fabricate its wooden homes which need to be absolutely termite resistant. Yet, it could happen - and is unavoidable - that some sap wood may be part of what looks like heart wood. Such is impossible to be identified. Therefore, in order to make sure that your house is fully protected we apply our in-house developed method which you can read below ("in-house developed protection method"). Since drywood termites are considered far less dangerous than subterranean termites and very easy to detect and destroy we will concentrate on the subterranean termites.  
(*) Bojonegoro Teak is far too expensive and Iron wood is prohibited from being exported. Wooden houses built from Bojonegroro Teak are exremely rare.

This unit was prefabricated by us for the Red frog bungalow resort in Panama in 2007, The requirement was "absolutely termite resistant". As of today not one termite has attacked the wood, proving that our anti-termite system works and is reliable. We would be happy to provide you a reference and that's why we are not afraid being the only wooden prefab house company in Indonesia to issue a warranty on our product.  

Panama-P 1



An anti-termite protection as has been developed by our company over the years

All of premium and superior build houses will be protected against termite attacks based on a secretly developed method applied by our company, known by our company only. This application will be used for all wood parts in contact with or close contact to natural grade (the termite's attacking habitat). This is our standard method whether or not in combination with termite resistant wood and/or the use of termite barriers. The treatment is also extremely efficient on the drywood termite, Formosa termite, powder post beetle, woodworm and parasites. Though the system will only be appplied to our Premium and Superior build options, we can also apply the same method to our upgraded standard build units against a variation order. To support our termite warranty claim we will provide the reference of our project built in Panama in 2007 in a termite infested area, whereas until date not one termite has attacked our Bangkirai wood. Contact us for the reference. 

We have a proper and effective solution for our clients in the Northern territory of Australia where the dangerous Mastotermes flourishes. 


(*) Under the condition that the owner shall maintain the wood of his unit in accordance with the maintenance specifications issued by our company, which mainly comprise the preparation of regular inspection reports in accordance with our format along with pictures.  

For those who want to read the full article about termites click < here >


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Reviews from Prefab World Bali

"I am the project leader for the development of some large houses to be constructed on the island of Kauai. I have thoroughly investigated the option of built on site versus purhasing the pre-fab home from Baliprefabworld. I am convinced that working with Baliprefabworld is the most economical, efficient and effective way to go. The beauty and aesthetics of these homes are truly wonderful. We are planning to work with Baliprefabworld to use a variety of their standard models to design the homes we want.  The professionalism, quality of materials, and design capacity of Baliprefabworld is exemplary. Steven Ott, Berkeley, USA."
Review from: Steven Ott, Berkeley, USA
Project: Resort in Kauai, Hawaii
Date: 10-06-2017
Rating: 5 out of 5.

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