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How to Take Care of Pressure-Treated Lumber

Posted 06/06/2022 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.

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Bold New Look. Same Trusted Quality.

Posted 05/03/2022 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. Build Better Projects 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 fo...

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How ProWood is Prioritizing Sustainability

Posted 04/04/2022 by ProWood

Many of us are diving into the first outdoor project of the season. And with Earth Day approaching this month, we all should take some time to understand the products that are a part of our daily lives and how they impact the world around us. Sustainability is important to us, and we know it’s important to you too. ProWood is SCS certified; our MCA (micronized copper azole) treated lumber has received Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) status and NGBS Green Certification. What does t...

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Why You Shouldn't Build With Pallets

Posted 12/10/2021 by Jase DeBoer

Pallets are easy to come by at typically little to no cost. Although they’re perfect for transporting large items, they may not be the best building material for that new set of outdoor chairs, table or anything else that requires structural integrity. We’re breaking down why you shouldn’t use pallets for your next project and, more importantly, what you should build with instead. Pallets Are Typically Rough Sawn If your project is any sort of furniture, you’ll likely b...

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How to Build an Outdoor Storage Box

Posted 11/20/2021 by Jase DeBoer

If you’re a homeowner, you may find yourself needing outdoor storage for various needs. Whether that be pool supplies, animal feed, toys or gardening essentials, this box is large enough to fit a 55-gallon storage tub.    Completely Customizable This particular project plan was built with 1” x 6” boards; however, if you wish to build with 2” x 4” or 1'' x 8” boards, that adjustment can be made easily. Whatever board size you choose to use, you can ...

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Build or Buy Your Outdoor Playset

Posted 11/18/2021 by Jase DeBoer

With extended time at home, parents may be considering adding a playset to their backyard as a way to entertain the littles. Many large home centers sell kitted playsets; however, there are many upsides to building your own from scratch. We have a free playset project plan and the resources to get you started. [Download Free Playset Project Plan]   Quality Control While playset kits come with precut lumber, important information regarding treatment type, quality and rating may not be av...

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Choosing the Right Lumber for Your Project

Posted 10/25/2021 by Jase DeBoer

Planning to build your next project can be daunting, especially if you’re not sure what type of lumber you need. There are many types of treatment methods, applications, species and grades — all of which can make choosing the right lumber overwhelming. We’ve outlined the most typical applications and tips on choosing the right lumber for them. Light Duty For small builds, indoors or out, light duty lumber is an ideal choice. Typically rough-sawn and pressure treated, this is ex...

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Fall Maintenance For Your Deck and Porch

Posted 09/09/2021 by Jase DeBoer

With the arrival of fall, the temperature starts to drop and the air becomes crisper. Leaves change in color to vibrant reds, yellows and oranges. Soon enough, those leaves will start falling, landing in your yard and on your deck. ProWood® is built to last, and we want to share a few fall maintenance tips to keep your deck looking as good as new this season. Keep leaves, seedpods and sticks off your deck by raking, sweeping or leaf blowing on a regular basis. Leaves and other debr...

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How To Keep Your Deck Splinter Free

Posted 08/26/2021 by Jase DeBoer

If you have recently built a wood deck or purchased a home with an existing wooden deck, you’ll want to keep it in tip-top shape. However, a large concern with wooden decks is the potential of deck boards splintering over time. With proper care and maintenance, your deck boards can remain pristine and look like new. Why Do Splinters Occur? Through continuous water absorption and water loss in your wood deck, natural defects may surface. The continual shrinking and swelling of your deck bo...

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Common Pests That Destroy Your Home

Posted 07/27/2021 by Jase DeBoer

A recurring concern homeowners have is how to keep their homes safe from common pests and invaders. Although they may be small, some insects can create serious damage in a short amount of time. Even with a concrete foundation, homes are built with many wood components, such as sill plates, joists, rafters, studs, and more. To help keep these important structural components intact, be on the lookout for these common pests. Termites Most commonly known and feared, termites can make their appearanc...

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