Chances are, if you step into just about any back yard in any part of the country, you will find something made with pre- served wood. You are likely to see a deck, a raised bed garden, a pic- nic table or a children’s playset— all probably built with preserved wood. These projects, whether built by a professional contractor or a do- it-yourselfer, require a little bit of research and preparation before the building can actually begin. “It’s important for consumers to understand what kind of pre- served wood they need to buy for their project before they head to the lumber yard,” explains Chad Epperson, owner of United Treating and Distribution. “A little bit of homework can save a lot of time and hassle down the road.” Chad explains that treated wood has been a viable outdoor building product for decades, blending the beauty of nature with the practi- cality of everyday life. However, it is every bit as important to choose the right wood for your project as it is the correct fasteners to hold the project together. The right wood depends a lot on its use. But why choose wood at all?
Wood comes from an abundant natural resource that is grown on managed forest lands and is easily and quickly replenished. It has excellent workability in all aspects of construction and, when preserved and used properly, can be designed to create outdoor living spaces that bring the com- fort of inside to the outside. It is a durable and cost-effective structural material that is both strong and naturally beautiful. Wood is easy to use, lightweight and adaptable to be modified on the job site. It is readily available from local dealers with no need for special orders. Wood can be used year-round in any climate and can be maintained and repaired by a do-it-yourselfer. Wood’s strength-to-weight ratio is excellent, and it is resistant to breaking and cracking. “The treating industry has strived for decades to innovate products that enhance wood, thus extending the life of your project,” explains Chad. “When wood goes through the treatment process, it is infused with preser- vative that helps it last longer while maintaining its natural beauty.” Preservatives make wood resistant to attack from termites and fungal decay. For example, Lonza Wood Protection’s Wolman E copper azole has been used by industry leaders such as United Treating & Distribution for many years to enhance the performance of wood. One do-it-yourselfer and garden enthusiast, Andy Nash, learned the importance of choosing the right preserved wood when he did some research and decided to
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