Pressure-treated lumber is a wood that's been treated with a preservative to protect it from weather, fungus, decay, and insects.
Our treated lumber from Ecolife carries a Lifetime Limited Warranty against fungal decay and termite attack.
After installation, treated wood takes 2-4 weeks to dry. For optimal results, wait until wood is completely dry to paint and stain.
Here at Carter Lumber, we recommend an exterior wood water sealant product or a good quality oil-based or water based stain. Please refer to any manufacturer's instructions first.
The copper from the wood preservatives creates a green color. The green color will fade on its own as the wood dries and reacts to the sun.
Most mildew and dirt will come up with a mixture of soap and water, along with a firm brush. Make sure if you're using a pressure washer, to keep it under 500psi, as anything above that will damage the wood fibers.
Hot-dipped galvanized and stainless-steel fasteners are recommended for use with treated lumber. Check the building codes for the up-to-date list of approved fasteners before you start your project.
Most of the added weight to treated wood comes from the water used to carry the components of the preservative. Believe it or not, a freshly treated piece of lumber can carry about 16-32 lbs. per cubic foot. That's just about 2-4 gallons of water per cubic foot of treated lumber. Once the wood dries, the water eventually evaporates, leaving just the preservative.
There are many treated wood products that do not emit any vapors and are safe for indoor use. Make sure you check the information on specific products prior to using. The Food and Drug Administration does not recommend using any treated wood for kitchen counter-tops. This can create an unsanitary environment with food particles being trapped in the wood.
Yes. Carter Lumber recommends you always follow manufacturers’ warnings and instructions for use and handling of all pressure-treated lumber. Carter Lumber and Ecolife always has the most up-to-date information on uses and restrictions when it comes to treated lumber, such as treatments, chemicals, additives, and more.
Not all treated lumber is the same. Carter lumber carries Ecolife™ Stabilized Weather-Resistant Wood, which is an advanced wood preservation technology, and is a fully integrated preservative system with built-in protection from the detrimental effects of weathering. This innovative protection offers the natural beauty of real wood combined with advances in dimensional stability, weathering protection, fastener performance, and environmental friendliness. In particular, the technology behind the Ecolife system significantly reduces cracking and checking common to ordinary lumber.
Most pressure-treated lumber sold before January 2004 was treated with chemicals which contains arsenic. Manufacturing of treated wood for residential use with arsenic was halted December 31, 2003, after an agreement between manufacturers and the Environmental Protection Agency.