Arsenic Free ACQ Treated Pine
Pine trees are found in various regions all around the world. Some of these regions include North America, Australia, and Europe. Pine wood is softwood and doesn't have natural strength like other natural woods do. Therefore, pine wood has to be treated with special preservatives to make it last longer.
ACQ is a safer alternative than CCA
Up until 2004, CCA (chromate copper arsenate) was used to treat wood. However, many individuals were wary about the use of Arsenic in their products, and demanded a safer alternative. With the demand for a safer product that was environmentally friendly and didn't cause a threat to one's health, ACQ (Alkaline Copper Quaternary) was introduced; it is known to be environmentally friendly and does not have any known side effects or health risks. ACQ is basically a water-based wood preservative and it prevents decay, fungi and insects from damaging the wood. According to the AWPA standards, there are 4 different formulations of ACQ. They are classified as ACQ -A, ACQ-B, ACQ-C and ACQ-D. The ACQ type used depends on the wood species; however, all formulations contain 2 active ingredients; copper oxide and quaternary ammonium compound which both have properties that make the treated pine highly resistant to insects and fungi.
The benefits of treated pine include:
- ACQ treated wood has a longer life span
- ACQ treated wood is visually appealing
- ACQ treated wood is environmentally friendly
Discover why many people use Preserve to treat their pine wood with ACQ
When it comes to treating pine, there are many products on the market. However, the two most common ACQ treatments are Nature Wood and Preserve. Many individuals prefer to use Preserve because it's an award-winning product that is environmentally friendly and will bring your pine and other lumber that need preservatives to life. Preserve is recommended and preferred by many because:
- Treated pine protects wood from rot and decay
- Treated pine protects wood from termites
- Treated pine doesn't contain any harsh chemicals
- Treated pine can be used underground, above ground, and in water
- Treated wood can easily painted or stained
- Treated wood can be used on a wide array of lumber species
- Treated wood is water repellant ( Preserve Plus)
The most common uses for Preserve include the following decking projects:
- Decks & Decking
- Swing sets
Discover why it's important to use certain tools when handling ACQ treated pine
It's important to note: When you are working with ACQ treated pine, you have to use certain types of fasteners. For best results, it's highly recommended that you use corrosion-resistant fasteners and connectors and to avoid contact with aluminum fasteners when you are installing. The most common type of fasteners for treated pine includes hot-dipped galvanized fasteners or stainless steel fasteners and fittings. Corrosion resistant coatings applied to fasteners and fittings will enhance the long-term performance of the treated pine wood.
Call us at Austin Wholesale Decking to discuss your outdoor decking needs today!
Whether you are looking for treated pine or you want to explore the other woods we carry, give us a call. Our decking specialist can help you choose the right product for your project or show you our wide selection of natural, composite and plastic decking woods. Whether you need treated pine decking wood to build a new fence, or you need a more durable wood like Ipe to build an outdoor deck, you can feel confident knowing that Austin Wholesale Decking has a wide selection of materials for you to select from for your next wood working project. Call one of our decking experts today to find out what type of wood is ideal for your next project.