Pressure-treated lumber is one of the most popular types of wood for decks, fences, and other outdoor applications. Compared to cedar or exotic woods, it may appear plain, but it is indeed an option with rich benefits that the average homeowner can enjoy. Below, we will take a look at the benefits of pressure-treated lumber for your fence or deck.
The Nature of Pressure-Treated Lumber
Pressure-treated lumber is wood that undergoes a chemical treatment in a pressurized chamber to increase the wood’s durability and longevity. The untreated lumber goes into a chamber, where all the oxygen in it gets replaced with the chemicals sprayed onto it. The different chemicals used are alkaline copper quat (ACQ), ammoniacal copper zinc arsenate (ACZA), copper azole, chromated copper arsenic, borate preservatives, and oil treatments. The lumber must dry completely before one can build with it.
The result is a long-lasting fence or deck that can last up to 40 years or more with proper maintenance. A pressure-treated wood fence or deck can last just as long as any other type of fence, making it a worthy competitor for the average homeowner.
Plus, it is affordable. One can choose between different grades of pressure-treated lumber, such as premium, select, number 1, number 2, and number 3. For a deck or fence, you will want to choose between premium and number 2. All in all, these options cost significantly less than exotic woods.
Easy to Maintain
Maintenance and repair are relatively simple. One will need to clean and reseal the wood every few years and possibly replace boards or planks as needed. Replacing boards and other parts is relatively simple; ask Mid-Atlantic Deck & Fence for more information about how we can help you with fence and deck repairs.
Easy to Customize
Lastly, it is easy to customize pressure-treated lumber according to your taste. A carpenter can turn this kind of wood into any design you imagine. Once the wood is fully dry, one can also stain it or paint it a beautiful color of your choice.
Call Mid-Atlantic Deck & Fence For Your New Deck or Fence!
Mid-Atlantic Deck & Fence has almost 30 years of experience in building beautiful custom fences, gazebos, screened-in porches, and decks throughout the state of Maryland. We have the expertise to design your dream fence or custom deck and have it installed in a headache-free process. Give us a call at 1-800-833-9310 or visit us online for a quote today! We offer many different styles of fencing and decking, in addition to custom options designed specifically to suit your preferences and tastes. To see examples of our work and get more tips on how to choose the right decking for your family, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Houzz, Pinterest, YouTube, and LinkedIn.
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