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Q:Why is it necessary to wait a few weeks before staining a new pressure-treated deck?
A:Treatment with waterborne preservatives leaves moisture in the wood that can impede penetration and drying of stains and paints. In fact, a freshly treated piece of lumber might contain as much as 2 to 4 gallons of water per cubic foot. For the best performance of paint and stain coatings, the wood needs to dry prior to stain/sealer application. Typically, treated wood will be ready for finishing 60 days after installation, but estimat- ing exactly how long to wait is difficult because it depends on the time elapsed since pressure treatment, sun expo- sure, local temperature and recent weather conditions.
Q:What is the best type of screen material for a screened porch?
A:Fiberglass and alu- minum are the two main choices for a screen porch material. The holes in both types of screens are small enough to keep insects out. Some builders believe fiberglass is a better choice for most projects (the exception being when you want to match a pre-existing alu- minum screen). Fiberglass screen doesn’t rust or stain and is more flexible than alu- minum screens. Fiberglass doesn’t rip or scratch as easily as aluminum and has far more color choices and styles than aluminum. However, other builders still prefer aluminum screen's proven long-term resist- ance to sagging. For aluminum screens, charcoal or black are the most popular choices because they appear almost invisible from the inside while reducing the glare associated with silver aluminum.