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New Standards for Pressure Treated Lumber at Home Depot

Until recently Home Depot carried 2 types of pressure treated lumber, above ground and ground contact.  The 2 by and smaller material use to be graded for above ground uses only.  With Home Depot’s commitment to offer the highest quality products they have decided to make all their pressure treated lumber ground contact, from deck boards to 6” x 6” timbers.


 5/4" x 6"  Pressure Treated Deck Board       6" x 6" pressure treated timber in CedarTone

Home Depot Pressure-Treated Pine meets the highest grading standards for strength and appearance. This double treated Ground Contact lumber must be used for applications where treated lumber is difficult to maintain, repair or replace. Treated lumber is critical to the performance and safety of an entire system or construction such as deck joists, beams and ledger boards. An additional benefit of treated lumber is its defense against rot and insect infestation for its vast majority of applications. Southern yellow pine is responsibly manufactured, safe and environmentally friendly when used as directed.

One of the smarter choices in pressure-treated lumber is the WeatherShield brand. In addition to offering the usual rot and insect protection, these products are less corrosive to nails, screws, and other fasteners. Plus, they come treated with a factory-applied water repellant, which means you can skip the sealing process that you usually have to do with pressure-treated lumber about six weeks after the deck is built. WeatherShield won’t need resealing for two full years.

The lumber is also pretreated with a wood stabilizer that reduces splitting, cracking, warping, and swelling. You can choose boards and posts in either premium grade, which has fewer knots, or standard grade. In either case, all WeatherShield products carry a lifetime warranty


Since this is a recent change, there still may be some of the above contact stock on the shelves so make sure you check the tags on the end of each board.



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Posted 2016-11-01T16:29:44+0000  by Char_HD_CHI Char_HD_CHI