While wood is a strong and effective building material, it doesn't last well in some conditions. This doesn't mean that you can't use lumber in your build; you simply need to choose the right products.
For example, pressure-treated lumber will outperform regular wood in many builds. How is this lumber made? What are the benefits of using it?
What Is Pressure-Treated Lumber?
Pressure-treated lumber is basically wood that contains protective substances. During the manufacturing process, chemicals are placed on to and inside the wood. It is then put under high levels of pressure. The pressure forces the chemicals deep into the wood to give as even a coverage as possible.
Some pressure-treated lumber contains one chemical compound. Others contain multiple treatments. You use different chemicals here to mitigate against specific environmental factors. The position, environment, and purpose of your wood build dictate the protection you need.
What Are The Advantages Of Using Pressure-Treated Lumber?
Regular lumber doesn't always have a long lifespan in a build. If untreated wood is exposed to external factors such as water, dampness, insects, or fire, then it is likely to get damaged.
For example, water and moisture will ultimately make wood rot; mold and fungal growth are more likely to grow and damage the wood if it is damp or wet.
Termites are also attracted to damp lumber. They can cause severe damage to wood in very little time. Even if your lumber will sit in dry conditions, it can be damaged by other hazards. For example, regular wood will burn fast in a fire.
If you use pressure-treated lumber, then you give each piece of wood extra protection. The chemical treatments you use prevent specific types of damage.
For example, pressure-treated lumber that contains copper compounds shouldn't suffer from fungal growth on and in the wood. These treatments can even make lumber strong and stable enough to hold its own in constantly wet or damp outdoor environments.
Plus, if you combine a copper mix with other chemicals such as borates, then you make the wood insect-resistant. It shouldn't become a target for termites. If you add fire-resistant chemicals, the lumber becomes less likely to burn fast in a fire.
So, pressure treatments can make lumber a more viable option for many construction projects. If you can identify potential damaging factors and treat your wood according, then your lumber will stay strong and work better for longer.
For advice on choosing the right pressure-treated lumber for your project, contact your building materials supplier.