Home owners with visions of a white picket fence built for their house or farm, or one that will provide them with more privacy, may want to consider the benefits of using pressure-treated wood as fencing material. Pressure-treated wood is a feasible alternative to other fencing material for several reasons. Knowing its qualities will help property owners make a more informed decision when buying it for their next fence building project.
How Does It Differ From Untreated Wood?
Pressure-treated wood has been infused with preservatives that help protect it from termites and environmental damage. Ironically, untreated wood is friendly to the environment that in turn can have a negative impact on it. Excessive moisture caused by heavy rain, ice, and snow can turn wood into a breeding ground for fungi and bacteria, which often leads to wood rot. Untreated lumber also attracts wood-destroying insects and other animals.
Is It Environmentally Friendly?
Some kinds of pressure-treated wood are environmentally friendly and some isn’t. It depends on the preservatives used to treat the wood and how it is handled thereafter.
There has been some discussion over the years about potential health risk linked to wood that has been treated with chromated copper arsenate arsenic (CCA). As a result, a number of lumber suppliers now sell wood treated with preservatives that have been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Consumers can avoid buying wood that contains CCA by inquiring about the preservatives that lumber manufacturers use to treat their wood prior to purchasing it. Additional information about CCA can be found by visiting the EPA website.
Is It More Expensive Than Regular Wood?
Cost depends on the type of wood that will be used as building material. For example, pine is usually less expensive per foot than other popular wood-based fencing material, such as cedar. Additionally, based on a number of consumer reviews, pine also appears to handle climate extremes better than cedar.
According to data culled from various home improvement websites, pressure-treated lumber has an average lifespan of 15 years. This makes it cost effective in the long run.
In addition to its cost and durability, pressure-treated wood repels insects and withstands the elements longer and better than untreated wood. These qualities might make pressure-treated wood the go-to material for fencing, decks, and other outdoor projects.
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