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Is Pressure Treated Wood Safe for Building Decks?December 27th, 2021 | by Admin Deck Experts | in Decking Materials | 0
There is a reason that pressure-treated wood decks have been the number one choice for outdoor decks for decades. Pressure-treated wood has many benefits, including:
- Extremely Durable
- Natural Wood Aesthetics
Even with its widespread use, one of the primary concerns that many people have is whether the pressure treated wood is safe for everyday use as a decking material.
What is Pressure Treated Wood?
First, pressure-treated wood is made by placing the wood into a high-pressure environment, in which a chemical is pressed into the wood that makes it resistant to rot. This means that pressure-treated wood last much longer than untreated wood, making it an ideal choice for decking material.
What are the safety concerns?
So what are the safety concerns with pressure-treated wood decks? Well, until about 2003, the chemical used to pressure treat wood was chromated copper arsenate (CCA), which, as the name suggests, contains arsenic. Arsenic is a poisonous compound, and there is a risk that over time, it may leak out of the wood, and could come into contact with someone walking barefoot on a deck.
Today’s Pressure Treated Wood Decks
Thankfully, since 2003, CCA is no longer used to pressure treat wood. Pressure-treated wood that is available for residential building today is instead treated with other chemicals which are safe. This means that all of the perks of using pressure-treated wood are available while being safe.
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