For a lot of reasons, treated pine decking has exploded in popularity as the material of choice for building or adding onto home decks. While some prefer the natural, weathered look that hardwood takes on over time, treated pine offers many advantages:
- It costs less than using natural hardwood timber.
- There are almost unlimited options for painting and finishing to achieve the precise look you want, making it extremely versatile for any project.
- It is readily available and environmentally sustainable, grown on tree plantations throughout Australia and New Zealand. Its availability helps keep costs down for our customers.
- It has a long life expectancy.
- Treated pine is considered softer to the touch—and your bare feet!—than many other decking materials, adding comfort as well as beauty to your new outdoor living space.
- Most importantly, treated pine decking is highly resistant to damage from insects (including borers and termites) or wood-decaying/wood-disfiguring fungi, so it will hold up beautifully over time, especially if you treat it from time to time with fresh coating to keep it looking new and minimize any effects from long-term weather exposure.
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These Days, Treated Pine Is A Very Durable Timber
Preservative treated pine is timber that has been impregnated with a chemical solution containing two major components; fungicide and insecticide. Because the preservatives are forced deeply into the wood, treated pine has long term resistance to decay, insects and other wood destroying organisms, outliving many naturally durable timbers in exposed conditions.
This effective and lasting protection of pine enables it to be used in many applications where untreated pine is not suitable, such as pergolas, decks, cladding, retaining walls, posts and poles. As such, treated pine is a highly versatile material suitable for a wide range of applications.
Because of its durability, treated pine has been used for timber decking in Australia for generations. It is an innovative product that starts with natural pine, a material that normally wouldn’t be expected to hold up well to the elements—however, the treatments used on pine today increase its durability and longevity exponentially, while offering a number of options for staining and painting. This gives you an array of options when it comes to the type of treatment you choose based on how and where the wood will be used.
What makes treated pine so resistant to insects and fungi is not only the effectiveness of the chemical solution used but how it is used, by making sure the preservatives penetrate deeply into the wood. The wood’s natural softness works to its advantage, making it easy to achieve a high level of saturation. That’s why treated pine is even sturdier than many naturally durable woods.
With our years of experience, we will help you choose a type of treated pine is best for your project. We’ll take our time to walk you through everything you need to know about cost, durability classification and other considerations that will impact your decision.
After talking through the goals homeowners want to achieve for their decking project, some decide to use a mix of materials. For those who want to use a more exotic, tropical woods for an area they wish to highlight—such as the railing or a bench-seating area, for instance—it’s still often advisable to take advantage of the cost savings of treated pine for relatively hidden structural elements. Many homeowners, however, ultimately decide that the relatively low cost and versatile looks of treated pine that can be achieved through painting or staining make it their material of choice for all sorts of projects—pool decking, patio seating and pergolas to anything they can imagine.
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