How to Take Care of Pressure-Treated Lumber
Posted 6 June 2022 7:29 PM by ProWood
Whether you are building a new deck or fence, or just getting your current one ready for the season, learn how to protect your pressure-treated lumber against natural rot and decay to enjoy it for years to come.
When wood gets frequently exposed to humid conditions, mildew growth will occur. To clean current buildup and slow down the production of future growth, give it a good scrub with a cleaner containing mildewcide.
Shrinking and Swelling
Continuous water absorption and loss in treated wood can cause natural defects like twisting, cupping, warping, checking, and splitting to develop. It is best to apply a water-repellent sealant or a semi-transparent stain (specific for pressure-treated wood) to reduce the water movement within the boards. Note: you need to make sure your project is completely dry before applying the stain/sealer.
To prevent the original color from fading, apply a water-repellent finish that contains an ultraviolet stabilizer for treated wood. This step will not prevent fading but will slow down the process of discoloration.
Yearly Maintenance Tips
Here are some application tips for cleaning and sealing:
Maintenance on your treated deck, fence, pergola, or any other outdoor structure is essential to look its best for years to come. We know homeowners and builders prefer ProWood because it maintains its natural beauty year after year and is treated to deter fungal decay and termite attacks. Find a dealer near you!