Humans have been using wood to build for as long as we’ve been building. There are reasons behind it being such a tried-and-true material. However, wood also has drawbacks like any building material, like being prone to decay in specific environments. Wood can be altered to withstand those conditions and still be a reliable building material through pressure treatment. Pressure-treated wood is created through intense pressure that forces chemicals into the grains of the wood, helping protect against all of those issues and offers many unique benefits.
Protect Against Elements
One of the most common concerns with using regular wood is that moisture leads to all kinds of issues, like rotting, fungus, and bacteria. Thanks to the chemicals used in pressure-treated wood, you don’t have to worry about moist environments. This is why this kind of lumber is often used in outdoor projects like fences, decks, or even for docks where the wood will be continuously submerged.
However, it can also be a fire-resistant material depending on the chemicals used. This is ideal if you’re going to have a grill on your deck or some other cooking element and are worried about fire risks.
Termites and carpenter often damage wood structures. Not only does this ruin how a pressure-treated wood fence looks, but it weakens the structural integrity of it as well. Pressure-treated lumber may use chemicals like borate to discourage insects entirely or copper to prevent the damage they would cause.
Another environmental concern is the growth of fungus. The fungus can attach themselves to wood, pushing their roots deep into each plank and eventually opening up the way for other bacteria or insects. The same copper compounds that can be used to prevent insects can also be used to avoid fungus.
Cost and Durability
Aside from its physical properties, pressure-treated wood is appealing for a host of other reasons, including the cost. More expensive than traditional lumber, will be less costly than anything else with the same physical properties. It’s important to remember that the price must be matched with durability as well, as a more durable material will need to be replaced less often. Pressure-treated lumber will last for years to come and is a durable building material.
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