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Color-Treated Wood Technology Provides a Better Deck Building Option

Posted 27 March 2014 7:35 PM by prowoodlumber@ufpi.com

Homeowners are eagerly looking for new building products that provide more value, less maintenance and less impact on the environment. With decking, it seems the only new advancements dealers and builders are talking about concern synthetic decks. Although composite and PVC decking have gained popularity in recent years, pressure-treated wood decking still carries the lion’s share of the market because it’s inexpensive, easy to work with and can be found at any lumberyard.

ProWood Dura Color comparisonOf course, pressure-treated decking suppliers still have plenty of reason to boast. With the advent of an environmentally preferred treating chemical in micronized copper azole (MCA), treated lumber decking is viewed by many as the most cost effective, eco-friendly and easy-to-install option. MCA-treated lumber provides a light, natural look unlike other treatments and treatments of the past that displayed a greenish hue. Learn more about MCA wood preservative.

And now, MCA formulated with color-infused pressure treated lumber is on the cusp of becoming mainstream; it provides a unique low-cost choice for lumber dealers, builders, architects and do-it-yourselfers. What’s more, it gives homeowners another option when choosing their deck material. And best of all, it doesn’t require a topical stain to enhance the woods appearance.

However, color-treated wood is not new. Osmose, a leader in wood preservative technologies, has been providing color-treating solutions for years. In fact, Universal Forest Products has been producing color-treated wood fencing for nearly a decade. And today’s pigmented colorant system is far superior and much more reliable than the older dye-based formulation.

ProWood Dura Color DeckProWood Dura Color® pressure-treated lumber helps fill the gap between typical treated wood decking, cedar or redwood decking and high-end synthetic decking.  Color-treating technology has helped lumber decking make significant strides just in the last two years. It’s a better look for a treated lumber deck.

It’s not a topical stain that fades away.
ProWood Dura Color decking is produced predominately from southern yellow pine lumber and uses the latest advancement in pressure-treating technology. Not only is Dura Color treated with an EPA-registered waterborne wood preservative system to protect against termite attack and fungal decay (rot), it’s also color-infused, so pigment is driven deep into the wood fibers, creating beauty that's guaranteed to stand up to the elements for years. The color-treating process provides a rich cedar-tone or redwood-tone appearance that doesn’t fade to gray, unlike cedar or redwood. In fact, it’s guaranteed to retain its color. See two-year color assurance warranty details.

In addition to new color-treating options and environmental certifications, new water-repellant stabilizer additives are helping MCA-treated wood decking like ProWood resist the effects of weathering.

More than just decking, color-treated lumber provides building pros and homeowners an option in virtually any dimensional lumber and with finished goods like fencing, pergolas and raised garden bed planters

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