Improvement of wood product properties by increased hydrophobicity obtained by the use of silicon compounds

In this EU project, various silicon-based products were used to protect wood. These were both silicone emulsions and products based on water glass (solutions of amorphous, water-soluble sodium and potassium silicates). In particular, the water-related properties and durability (resistance to fungi) and the weathering behavior of the treated wood samples were investigated.