4 Uses for Pressure Treated Wood

What you need to know about wood pressure treating equipment:

Wood pressure treating equipment produces pressure-treated wood, which is used for decks, swing sets, landscaping, docks, and other outdoor projects. Use it to make sure your project lasts.

If you’ve ever worked with lumber for decking, fencing, or boat docks, you were using pressure treated wood.

Pressure treated wood has been infused with preservatives to make it resistant to rot, insects, decay, water, and other weather-related wear and tear.

This type of wood can last as long as 20 (or more) years. In addition to its long life, pressure treated wood comes with a warranty as well, although the terms of the warranty will vary dependent upon the preservative the wood was infused with.

Pressure treated wood for outdoor projects

Wondering if you should use pressure treated wood for your new outdoor home project?

The answer is yes.

Pressure treated wood is the best material for any outdoor project, and not just because it’s resistant to decay or insects. Wood is a renewable source and once it’s completed its useful life in your project it can be used as a carbon neutral energy source.

Here are some of the home projects that are perfect for this durable wood.


A deck can be a great way to add a relaxing outdoor space to your home.

It also adds to your house’s curb appeal.

Because your deck will be exposed to rain, snow, hail, bugs, and sun, it is imperative that you choose a strong pressure treated wood to keep the deck intact.

Just make sure you are using the correct wood preservative retention for your project. Recent changes to the standards the wood is pressure treated by now requires the use of “ground contact” preserved wood for many of your decks wood parts. Our client, Culpeper Wood Preservers, has a great document outlining this.

Tip! Not sure how to tell if the wood you want to use is rated for ground contact? See that little plastic tag on the end of the pressure treated wood? It will say “Ground Contact” on the tag.

Using this type of wood to build your outdoor deck will ensure that it’s around for many years of making fun family memories.

2. Swing Sets

Kids need swing sets, right?

Whether you’re building yourself or buying, pressure treated wood is best for swing sets as well, due to the weather/outdoor elements it’ll be exposed to.

Using this durable material for a swing set will provide your children with a play area that will last for years and will keep your children safe.

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3. Landscaping

Have you ever thought about the wood you use in your landscaping?

From railroad ties for retention walls to decorative edging, you need to use pressure treated wood.

It’s great for landscaping projects such as raised flower beds, vegetable gardens, or planters.

The wood will be resistant to bugs and the close contact of the moist soil.

4. Docks

A moisture resistant material is essential for boat docks.

Because the wood will be constantly exposed to water, pressure-treated wood preserved with “Ground Contact- Heavy Duty” is the only way to go.

Make sure your outdoor projects last

It’s clear that pressure treated wood is the go-to material for an outdoor project that you want to stand up to the rigors of the outdoors and last for a long time to come.

Give us a call at Tank Fab and let’s talk about how we can help with your wood treatment process.

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Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 6/20/17 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.

Author: Jeffrey Lippincott

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