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Care & Maintenance

As any homeowner knows, a wood deck, railing, or fence can be a great addition to your property. Not only does it provide a beautiful spot to relax or entertain guests, but it can also add to the value of your home. However, wood is a natural material subject to wear and tear, and it is essential to take care of it to keep it looking its best. 

Pressure treated lumber is designed to resist rot and insect damage, but it still needs to be properly maintained. Regular cleaning and sealing will help protect your wood against the elements, and prompt repairs will help prevent severe damage. By taking care of your pressure-treated lumber, you can enjoy it for years.

In order to keep pressure-treated wood in good condition, it is essential to follow a few simple maintenance steps. Start by cleaning the wood with a cleaner/brightener that contains a mildewcide. This will help to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. Next, apply a water-repellent for surface protection. Sprinkle a few drops of water on the surface. If the wood rapidly absorbs the water, immediately apply a semi-transparent stain or water-repellent sealer. If the wood does NOT readily absorb the water in 2-3 minutes, wait a few days and then test again before applying the stain. For best results, we suggest repeating this process every 12 months. Depending on the location of your lumber in regards to direct sun exposure, foliage coverage, and moisture, you may be able to clean/brighten and recoat every two years. By following these simple steps, you can keep your pressure-treated wood looking new for years to come.

Always check to ensure that you comply with the manufacturer’s recommendations and job specs.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

It’s a good idea to stain or paint your project as soon as possible. Make sure that the wood is completely dry and check the manufacturer’s instructions before applying any products.

Your lumber is already treated to resist decay, termites, and rot. But applying a water-repellent coating will help maintain the look of your treated lumber.

All wood, treated or untreated, will weather. Exposure to UV rays and water will inevitably alter the look of your wood. However, there are products that can return the wood to its original look. Look for cleaners, brighteners, and restorers from your local home improvement store.

The ink stamp found on your wood is an industry symbol that you are purchasing quality wood. The grade and quality mark can be removed with light sanding and it will also fade over time.

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