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Bold New Look. Same Trusted Quality.

Posted 3 May 2022 12:35 PM by ProWood

This month, we are officially introducing our new bold, black end tags. ProWood is committed to education, making it easier than ever for you to find the right treated lumber for your project. Each end tag features the ProWood logo as well as a color bar that indicates the treatment type and appropriate application.

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Being able to understand the capabilities, and also the limits, of treated lumber can ensure projects and structures are built to last. With these, our focus is on educating homeowners and professionals to not only make the right decision, but to understand the reason behind it. Each color bar on the end tag represents a different treatment option, and our most common are ProWood Light Duty, ProWood Above Ground, and ProWood Ground Contact.

ProWood Light Duty

Represented by a white bar on the end tag, it’s made for non-structural projects that are easily replaced and maintained. The recommended applications for this treatment option include fence pickets, lattice, and landscape timbers.

ProWood Above Ground

Represented by a gray bar on the end tag, Above-Ground treated lumber is best suited for elements that are easily replaced, maintained, and installed at least 6 inches above the ground. The recommended applications include railings and balusters, however, this treatment option is not suitable for deck joists, beams, or near-ground uses.

ProWood Ground Contact

Represented by a green bar on the end tag, Ground Contact is our most widely used general-purpose treated lumber for above-ground, ground level, and freshwater applications. This treatment option is required for elements critical to the integrity of the structure and difficult to replace- such as ledgers, beams, joists, and posts. Ground Contact treated lumber is recommended for projects with inadequate ventilation, frequent moisture, or in contact with the ground (like garden boxes).

Questions to Ask Yourself for Your Next Project

If you’re uncertain which type of lumber to use for your project, ask yourself these questions:

  • Will the lumber be difficult to replace or maintain?
  • Will the lumber be critical to the integrity of a structure?
  • Will the lumber be 6 inches or less from the ground (or touching the ground?)
  • Will the lumber be subject to inadequate ventilation?
  • Will the lumber be exposed to frequent or prolonged moisture?

  • If the answer is YES to at least one, then ProWood Ground Contact treated lumber is the recommendation. This treatment option is always a safe choice to ensure the quality and integrity of your project for years to come.

    For more information specific to the applications, visit WWW.PROWOODLUMBER.COM/USE


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