A deck made from pressure treated wood is an inexpensive way to make your home better, bigger, and cozy. Pressure treated material is a solid and affordable choice for Toronto and Mississauga customers looking to build a deck or fence for their backyard. Our goal to give you the best possible deck of your dream.
Pressure-treated (PT) wood is the most common material for building a deck. Zebra Deck builder has extensive experience with pine. 80% of the decks we built are made of wood. Why is this material so popular? The answer is simple - it is a combination of price and quality of pine. Being the cheapest material for building a deck, it can easily stand for 30 - 40 years. Zebra Deck has extensive experience with PT wood. We know the properties of treated wood very well, and we gain this knowledge in the construction of decks. Considering the versatility and low cost of pine, the zebra deck offers a wide assortment of deck designs as well as additions such as benches, boxes, arbor, screens. We can build a dream deck for any even the most demanding taste, as well as any budget.
PROPERTIES OF PT WOOD
PT wood used to be manufactured in a light green shade that, being exposed to the sunlight, eventually acquired a light yellow colour. In the last few years, most manufacturers have switched to a new wood treatment technology and changed the colour to a light brown. With time, the brown becomes lighter and then acquires a gray colour.
For more than 65 years, chromate copper arsenate (CCA), carcinogenic when in high concentrations, was used in the production of PT wood. Today, less toxic substances are used in the production of PT wood: alkaline copper quaternary (ACQ), copper azole, or carbon-based, nonmetallic preservatives. However, this material is not recommended for burning or to use for a BBQ.
In the construction of pressure treated decks, we only use dip-galvanized nails, brackets, bolts, screws, and other hardware. To attach the boards to the frame, we only use dip-galvanized nails (coated with zinc) or, as a higher-priced option, green powder coated screws.
The most attractive aspect of PT wood is its cost. This material is the most affordable of all alternatives in the deck construction market. If your project is a very large deck, then it's likely you will choose pressure treated wood, because the difference in price with composite or cedar will be very noticeable.
The main positive feature of PT wood is its durability. A deck built from PT wood is able to withstand more wear and tear than other materials. PT boards are much more resistant to scratches and dents than cedar or composite. A deck built from PT wood is very long-lasting. With proper maintenance, it will last for 30-40 years without a problem.
Another advantage of pressure-treated wood is its resistance to insect damage. The chemicals used in its processing make PT wood absolutely inedible for insects. As PT wood is rot-resistant, posts made of this material have a durability class that allows their use below-ground.
By the way, regardless of the deck material, the frame is usually made of pressure-treated wood.
The main drawback of PT wood is it's not environmentally friendly. It can be an irritant for some people, so you should take the necessary precautions when handling it.
Due to the fact that PT wood is made of pine, and green timber is full of water (this is part of the technological process), it is prone to warping, splitting, cracking, and splintering.
Still not sure if the treated wood is suitable for your project, contact us and we will help you make a choice.