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How to Choose Right Kind of Pressure Treated Wood?

How to Choose Right Kind of Pressure Treated Wood?

If you want to get best performance from the pressure treated wood then you must choose the right kind of material based on the surrounding condition, where you are going to use the material. Each variety of this treated wood has a label attached with it that will let you know where this should be used.  Therefore, while buying such wood for your application, you must choose them according to your exact need in order to get best performance out of them.

Following are few guidelines provided how you must select the right pressure treated lumber while you go for shopping this material.

Ground contact

In case in your project, the wood that you need is in contact with ground or exposed to water which cannot easily dry out then you must select wood with ground contact treated. The condition where wood will be used are as follows:

  • Wood that remains in contact with ground or inside the ground
  • Wood that remains in contact with vegetation, leaves and debris
  • Wood that is in contact with fresh water
  • Woods that is likely to get wet due to sprinkler or any other moisture source
  • Wood that can remain in contact with old decayed wood
  • Wood that supports any fence and deck

  • Wood that supports fresh water docks
  • Wood that can be used for tropical climate
  • Wood that will be regularly exposed to water waves
  • Wood posts when secured by post bases with concrete piers
  • Stair stringers when sit on concrete of the ground
  • Wood that is less than 15 centi-meter above the ground

Heavy duty ground contact

This type of wood must be used if it is used for following condition:

  • Wood exposed to salt water splash
  • Wood that supports garage, house, barn, sunroom or any other permanent structure

Above ground

This variety of treated wood must be used for the project that meets the following criteria

  • Wood that is not on the ground and also not contacted with ground
  • Wood that is expected to dry out quickly in case it gets wet
  • Wood that is not to be used in tropical areas

In some of the situations listed above you can also use wood that can remain in ground contact but the location must be above the ground. Following are few typical applications of this variety of pressure treated wood.

  • Rails, deck boards, lattice, spindles, step trads and benches
  • Fence boards
  • Outdoor furniture