While some of the concerns about treated wood could be legitimate, especially for wood fences, most of the safety concerns about using and living with this type of timber are overblown. To help you attain a much better understanding, here are some of the common misconceptions of treated wood.
Pressure treated wood is a health risk
Originally, wood was treated using arsenic, copper, and chromium (ACC). This type of treated wood was green due to the copper used. In 2003, researchers discovered the harmful effects of ACC. Since then, political pressure put a stop to the widespread use of this hazardous chemical. Today, manufacturers use copper azole (CA) and amine copper quat (ACQ) to treat wood. ACQ and CA are known to have no negative effects.
Pressure treated wood is a scam
Contrary to what some would say, pressure treated wood is real. There are those who have asserted claims of false marketing, nuisance, breach of contract, consumer fraud, and breach of warranty. But as evidenced by the dismissal of all class actions filed against treated wood products and producers across the country, none of these claims has ever held up to scrutiny.
Pressure treated wood poisons surrounding plant life and soil
This misconception stems from the confusion about the chemicals used in treating wood. As mentioned above, manufacturers no longer use ACC to treat wood. As a result, treated wood products are just as safe as your average garden gnome or park bench.
Pressure treated wood isn’t as strong as some of the other options
Adding strength and durability to the material are the primary reasons for treating wood. In fact, treated wood is arguably the most resilient wood currently available. Aside from being resistant to fire, extreme weather, and insect infestation, treated wood keeps fungal growths from developing and destroying the structure. As a result, treated wood products can last for more than 30 years.
You only get what you see with pressure treated wood
It is a common misconception that treated wood does not paint or stain well. In truth, you can finish treated wood to fit your preferences using oil or latex paints and stains. It’s however notable that you shouldn’t paint freshly treated wood. Instead, it’s best to give the treatment enough drying time before you apply a coat of paint or stain.