Using Pressure Treated Lumber

Pressure treated lumber is used in outdoor construction projects to provide protection against the elements. Designed to resist rot and insects, pressure treated lumber is ideal for such building projects as fences, decks, mailbox posts and landscaping boxes.

Using pressure treated lumber in an outdoor construction project provides at least two benefits. The first benefit is durability against water, sun and insect damage. The second benefit is versatility.

Durability of Pressure Treated Lumber

Pressure treated lumber is made by taking a piece of lumber and treating it with a chemical preservative. The wood is placed in a pressurization chamber whereby moisture is removed. This pressure treatment forces the chemical preservative deep into the wood and makes it invulnerable to damage caused by rotting.

The pressurizing process is important because it is what distinguishes pressure treated lumber different from other types of wood. With the moisture removed and the chemicals design to preserve the wood placed deep inside the lumber, pressure treated lumber is an ideal exterior building material.

Different Ways to Use Pressure Treated Lumber

Pressure treated lumber is ideal for a variety of outdoor building projects, including:

  • Outdoor patio decks
  • Fences
  • Outdoor railings and balusters
  • Landscaping ties
  • Garden boxes

Pressure treated lumber can be stained or painted with an exterior paint and finish that adds to its protective qualities. A good piece of pressure treated lumber should last for years with little to no maintenance.