VIANCE OFFERS ENHANCED WARRANTIES To alleviate any confusion and clarify what you can expect from their treated wood products, Viance LLC enhanced its existing Lifetime Limited warranties for residential preservatives to highlight the acceptable use of Above Ground treated wood products. Recent changes to the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) standards have led to the misconception that all deck framing, including joist and beams, must be treated to Ground Contact retentions; but this simply isn’t true. The AWPA standards do not require all joists and beams to be treated to Ground Contact (UC4A) retentions, and Above Ground treated wood (UC3B) remains IBC and IRC code-compliant for common deck framing applications. The new Viance warranty enhancements include slight variations of the following statement: Viance warranty coverage includes Above Ground treated wood framing members that are critical to the safety and performance of the structure, including joists and beams. “The additional language on our warranty demonstrates the confidence that Viance has in the AWPA, and its standards setting process for treated wood,” says Tim Schrader, Director of Sales and Marketing. “The recent modifications to the standards language has created confusion in the marketplace with builders, retailers and code officials … These enhancements to our warranties clarify our general industry position; Above Ground treated wood, treated to AWPA standards and used properly, should meet customer safety and performance expectations without the need to introduce excessive amounts of chemicals into the environment, or to potentially increase costs unnecessarily.” Visit www.treatedwood.com to learn more.