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April 21, 2012 Posted by Ryaan in Blog

Staining Pressure Treated Wood Boston Massachusetts

The most common type of wood used to build decks is pressure treated wood. Pressure treatment is a process that forces chemical preservatives into the wood. Wood is placed inside a closed cylinder, then vacuum and pressure are applied to force the preservatives into the wood. The preservatives help protect the wood from attack by termites, other insects, and fungal decay.

After the wood is pressure treated with these chemicals, it comes out of the cylinder heavily saturated with these chemicals and then sent to your local home improvement store or lumber yard. After you install it for whatever application you decide to use it for, its best to treat it with a stain for added longevity.

Pressure treatment with waterborne preservatives does leave some moisture in the wood that may affect the penetration and drying of stains and paints. For optimal performance of paint and stain coatings, allow treated wood to dry prior to application. Typically, treated wood will dry in 2-4 weeks after installation.Estimating exactly how long treated lumber will take to dry is hard to predict, and will depend on the time elapsed since pressure treatment, sun exposure, local temperature and recent weather conditions. Take these factors into consideration for your specific installation and use your best judgment. Be sure to follow the stain manufacturer’s instructions for best results.

Our team would be more than happy to come take a look at your current staining project and go over the options that would best fit your homes needs. Please feel free to call us today for a free estimate !!
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