PRESSURE TREATED

What is Pressure Treated Wood?

 

Pressure treating is a preservative process that helps wood withstand the elements and wards off termites, microorganisms and fungal decay.

The most common chemicals used to treat wood are Alkaline Copper Quaternary (ACQ), Copper Azole (CA), and Micronized Copper Azole (MCA).

 Ground-Contact treated wood provides long-term protection against termite and fungal decay attack and can be used in most outdoor applications.

During the pressure-treating process, the wood preservatives are forced deep into the wood. The treating solution consists mostly of water. Because the treated wood absorbs a significant amount of water, depending on your location, it may take several weeks for the wood to dry. During this period, some shrinkage and warping may occur.

If you desire to paint or stain the treated wood project, it is important that the wood
be dry enough to accept a coating. The best way to determine if the wood is sufficiently dry to paint or stain is to sprinkle droplets of water onto the wood. If the water droplets are absorbed, the wood is ready to be painted or stained. If the water droplets bead on the surface of the wood, it is too wet. You should wait a few days before attempting to paint and stain the wood. We have a broad selection of stain and paint products specifically formulated for treated wood.

Pressure-treated lumber can last 20 years or more, and most pressure treated wood comes with a residential and agricultural limited warranty.

Typical Dimensions of Pressure Treated Wood?

Varies, but specifically in regards to deck material, here is a general list:

Deck Boards: 5/4" x 6" x 8', 12', 16', 20' (for all subsequent dimensions the sizes reference width" x depth" x length')

Handrail: 2" x 4" x 8', 10', 12', 16'

Balusters: 2" x 2" x 36", 42"

There are many more sizes, but these are the typical sizes used for deck construction.

Pros of Pressure Treated Wood?

Cost-Effective: In comparison to cedar and composite material, PT wood is the most cost-effective option with a price of $15-$20 per square foot for installation, substructure, and decking.

Rot Resistant & Repels Insects: The chemicals used to create pressure treated lumber prevent rot resistant but they also act as an insecticide; so, with PT wood, you receive a 2-for-1 deal.

Ground Contact: In most cases, PT wood (that you would find in Big Box stores) is now ground contact approved (based on newly revised guidelines), which means that the lumber will have twice the treatment and decks that are low to the ground (6" or below) can use PT wood for the fascia, joists, beams, and decking.

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Planning

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Development

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Launch

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