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What exactly is pressure treated lumber?

In order to prevent possible damage caused by moisture, insects, or fungi, Lumber Guys offers Toronto’s high quality pressure treated plywood.

It is wood that is first soaked in a liquid chemical preservative and then placed in a pressure chamber to so that the chemical will be absorbed more effectively by the wood fibers. With this process regular softwood that is very prone to damage can be transformed into a durable material. It can be used in exterior projects such as fences, patios and decks without running the risk of getting easily damaged. Wood that has not been treated may last only a couple of years before getting ruined by the moist ground. Pressure treated lumber can last more than 40 years.

Advantages of Pressure Treated Lumber:

  • Bug proof
  • Bacteria resistant
  • Durable
  • Strong
  • Long lasting
  • Resilient to harsh weather elements
  • Scratch resistant
  • Affordable

With the many benefits of getting pressure treated plywood there are also some added disadvantages and risks that you should be aware of.

Chemically treated wood is not healthy

The copper based liquid that gets absorbed by this type of wood is a toxic substance and is dangerous to humans and their pets if directly exposed to it. The reason why pressure treated lumber resists the attack of different insects, fungi and bacteria is because copper is toxic to them.

Pressure treated lumber is bad for the environment

Due to the toxins present in the material, pressure treated lumber does not decompose well and is hard to dispose of.

As a warning, never burn chemically treated wood and be careful if it does catch fire because it will release toxins that are hazardous for life and for the environment.

With all the pros and cons in mind, if you decide that pressure treated plywood is the right options for you, then the suppliers at Lumber Guys here to give you the best. We proudly offer our services in Toronto and the surrounding areas. (Includes: North York, Markham, Mississauga, Oakville, Vaughan, Scarborough, Woodbridge, Maple, Concord, Thornhill, Aurora, and New Market.)

What are the benefits of using pressure treated plywood and pressure treated lumber in the Toronto area?

Trees are alive and so the by-product lumber that is culled from them is organic in nature.  Just like any living thing, wood can deteriorate faster or slower depending on the environment and conditions it is subjected to.  The colder months in Toronto can be exceptionally brutal on wooden outdoor furniture, decks, patios and any area that comes into contact with cold, wet climate that comes with a northern city adjacent to water.  In order to combat the breakdown of lumber in this area and ensure that it lasts for a long time, many homeowners and contractors choose pressure treated plywood and pressure treated lumber for their building projects.  The process of pressure treating wood essentially cures it to make it stronger and impervious to the elements.  Pressure treating lumber requires additional efforts to protect it, and for that reason this type of lumber is more expensive.  This is a major point to consider when selecting your grade and the decision to go with pressure treated lumber in your project.

Most common uses for pressure treated wood include:

  • Decks
  • Swing sets
  • Light posts
  • Boardwalks
  • Residential building foundations
  • Picnic tables

As you can see, the majority of these common uses occur outside, where the wood will be in contact with the elements on a daily basis.

Pressure treated plywood and pressure treated lumber are excellent products for preventing decay in organic wooden structures.  There are several levels that wood can go through in the pressure treating process.  These categories include everything from interior to exterior uses and both water (salt and fresh) and fire as well.  When considering pressure treated lumber, you should always consult your salesperson at the lumber yard in order to make sure you are getting the right wood for your project.  Some lumber wholesalers like The Lumber Guys can easily provide you with the correct type of wood for your climate and project.  The strongest pressure treated plywood has a rating of 20 years without breakdown or decay.

The basic method for pressure treating is to place it in a holding tank that removes all air.  Large amounts of wood preservative are flooded into the tank under high pressure, which presses the preservative deep into the core of the wood.  This process does not breakdown the wood, but instead makes it impervious to insects and fungus.  This process will make the wood strong for a few decades and it can be used in virtually any environment.  This makes it ideal for sheds and children’s structures like jungle gyms and playground equipment.

This type of wood will not rot, but does tend to show weathering, so if you would like to have your deck continue to look new while the years roll by, it is suggested to seal the wood to preserve the aesthetics.  Given the climate of Toronto with its cold winters and humid summers, you should consider going to a professional contractor like The Lumber Guys to purchase your pressure treated lumber and pressure treated plywood.

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