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When choosing materials for deck construction, it is imperative to understand the difference between Above Ground pressure treated wood versus Ground Contact pressure treated wood. The American Wood Protection Association updated their standards in 2016 to state that some physically above the ground locations require Ground Contact treatment.

One of the requirements states: “Materials used above ground but are difficult to maintain, repair or replace and are critical to the performance and safety of the entire system” should be treated to ground contact retentions. Deck joists and beams ARE difficult to repair or replace and are absolutely critical to the safety of the structure. For this reason, joists and beams should always be treated to Ground Contact retention, regardless of warranties offered that state otherwise. In order to be building code compliant, AWPA standards must be followed, regardless of the material warranty offered.

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Choosing the correct wood for your outdoor project

Choosing the correct wood for your outdoor project, by: Lonza Wood Protection

This past year the wood preserving industry took a bold stance on quality when the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) voted to require higher amounts of preservative for wood used in many applications. The AWPA, an organization comprised of individuals from all facets of the wood protection industry that sets standards for wood preservation and treated wood, updated its standards to require wood treated to Ground Contact retentions be used in many physically above-ground applications, including when:

  • soil or other debris may build up and stay in contact with the wood
  • insufficient ventilation does not allow air circulation around wood
  • material is installed <6 inches above the ground on permeable building materials
  • material is installed in contact with non-durable untreated or older construction with evidence of decay
  • wood is subject to frequent or recurring wetting
  • located in tropical climates
  • the wood is both:

— difficult to maintain, repair or replace and

— critical to the performance and safety of the entire system

Building codes require that preserved wood comply with these standards and the installer must decide if these conditions are present, select, and install the correct material for the project.  The wood preserving industry and many retailers have helped implement these standards by switching inventories of lumber in sizes commonly used for structural parts of decks to Ground Contact retentions. Some retailers have switched all lumber, including decking and railing, to Ground Contact retentions. These changes benefit builders and consumers by removing the guesswork from the decision process. Buyers can focus on their project rather than deciding if they need to purchase Ground Contact wood.

“It is important,” says, Jay Hilsenbeck, chemist and residential product specialist from Lonza Wood Protection, “to educate builders, contractors, and DIYers so they know what wood to choose for their project. During Deck Safety Month® we focus on deck inspections, but we should also focus on quality and proper construction practices before construction begins. The builder should consider the deck surroundings. For a deck built close to the ground, for example, Ground Contact retentions would be required under the new AWPA guidelines.”

The contractor should also consider what parts of the deck (joists, beams, ledger boards, posts) are important to sustain the structure and are more expensive or time-consuming to repair after the project is complete. The contractor and homeowner should work together to discuss the environmental conditions such as if the deck will be subject to constant wetting from a pool or sprinklers or if there will be debris build-up.

With that knowledge, contractors and homeowners can have peace-of-mind that they have chosen the appropriate preserved wood for the project. Contractors can offer their clients the confidence that they are providing a durable outdoor living space for their homeowner clients to enjoy for many years.

Each May, during Deck Safety Month®, homeowners can focus on evaluating the items in the deck safety checklist, knowing their deck was built using the right preserved wood.

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Atlanta Golf Outing Brings Over 60 Industry Pros Together

NADRA’s 2015 Atlanta Golf Outing Brings Over 60 Industry Pros Together

From James Gunning, NADRA Atlanta Chapter President:

I am trilled to recap on Atlanta’s first NADRA golf outing that we had on Monday, June 15th at the Brookfield Country Club in Roswell Georgia. NADRA members showed their support despite the brutal 95-degree temperatures with 100% humidity, on a Monday during the busiest time of year…we still Had 60+ golfers attend what turned out to be a pretty competitive golfing journey.

Festivities began with a shot gun start at 1:00 in the afternoon (peak heat) – so what is the solution to proper hydration supply for the finest NADRA golfers?  20 cases of water and Powerade backed up with plenty of beer and booze of course! I want to give thanks our beverage cart sponsors PMC and Wolmanized Outdoor Wood, as well as all of our official golf outing sponsors:

  • Wolmanized Outdoor Wood
  • PMC Building Supply
  • Boise Cascade
  • Stock Building Supply
  • Screw Products, Inc.
  • Rainaway
  • FastenMaster
  • Trex
  • Fiberon
  • CoolScreens
  • ProWood
  • Metro Building Products
  • Compton Sales
  • MultiView
  • Southeastern Underdeck Systems
  • Decksouth
  • Simpson Strong Tie
  • YellaWood
  • Guardian Building Products
  • UltraLox

Without the support of all our sponsors, local chapter members and the help from NADRA HQ – the Beaudry’s, we could not have pulled off such a fun and well-attended event.

NADRA National Board Member, and active Atlanta member, Heath Bowman said, “The golf outing was great. A lot of us don’t get to see each other outside of chapter meetings. It’s fun to catch up in a different setting and have a good time with friends in the industry. It also helps create awareness. NADRA does a lot for the industry, and many of the guests who played, got a chance to see the benefits of being involved with a group like ours. Obviously, networking is a huge part of it, and all of us work hard to stand out in a very competitive industry. But even more important are the friendships beyond the word. At the end of the day, the work we do is to add enjoyment in the lives of the people we work for. Events like the golf outings are a great reminder that we can have fun while we work hard.”

We finished the evening with a wonderful southern style buffet and awards ceremony.

The blistering weather apparently helped the golf scores heat up. Two teams finished with a score of 55:

  • Team Trex
  • Team Outback 

After a scorecard playoff, Team Outback was given the winners trophy with Team Trex as runners up.

  • On Hole # 3 the closest to the pin award was given to Lamar Lea of Decksouth – 20” from the hole
  • On Hole #15 the closest to the pin award was given to Blake Buckler of PMC – 42” from the hole
  • On Hole #18 the long drive award was given to Ty Nowell of Universal Forest Products   – 348 yds ( ouch! )

Several attendees told me that this golf outing was one of the best they have ever participated in; others (even the country club) could not believe that this was our first tournament.  I was so pleased to hear that the common opinion was that the event was ran extremely well and I’ve got to say, we could not have done that without the help of John Lea and Mike reasons of Decksouth. John, thanks for letting us attend your club. It was fun and I am looking forward to the next one!

See you all August 18th at the Ivy in Bulkhead meeting start at 6:00!

James Gunning and the NADRA Atlanta Chapter Board

Win A Trip To Chicago For The 2011 DeckExpo!

Win a Trip to Chicago for the 2011 DeckExpo
Plus a One-Year Membership in NADRA —
Just Show Us Your (WOW) Deck
(Your Wolmanized® Outdoor® Wood deck, that is.)

May 11, 2011 | So you and your customers have an appreciation for real wood, and you’ve built decks using Wolmanized® Outdoor® wood decking. Now Arch Wood Protection wants to reward one of you: just send us your project photo and you will be entered into a drawing for a FREE trip to Chicago to coincide with the 2011 DeckExpo to be held October 13-15 plus $500 and one-year membership in NADRA. This is not a photo contest and not a “best deck” contest — it is a random drawing. But we’d like to see your decks. You get up to 10 chances to win—just submit an entry form and project photo for each.

For more details, visit
www.WolmanizedWood.com/dbsweepstakes,
To enter, fill out the online entry form and return it, along with your attached project photo, to
Arch Wood Protection via email at dbsweepstakes@archchemicals.com
(Note: emailed photos cannot exceed 5MB in size)
or via mail at P.O. Box 674374 , Marietta, GA 30006.

The Show Us Your (WOW) Deck Sweepstakes

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to professional deck builders who are legal residents of the 50 United States (including DC), at least 18 years of age. End date: August 1, 2011. See official rules for details and alternate entry method at www.WolmanizedWood.com/dbsweepstakes. Sponsored by Arch Wood Protection, Inc., 5660 New Northside Dr., Suite 1100, Atlanta, GA 30328.

Ask NADRA: Preserved Wood For Wet Climate

April 26, 2011 | A concerned homeowner in British Columbia asks:

I have a 3-foot crawlspace which has a damp concrete floor whenever we get heavy rain. Consequently, the exterior pony walls carrying the fiberglass insulation are beginning to decay. Can I replace the pony walls with preserved wood and not put a finish cladding on it? Is there a toxicity factor here if the wall is not properly sealed? Timing and budget are not big factors here as much as having the job done right. Thank you.

Huck DeVenzio of Arch Wood Protection Reponds:

If you purchase properly treated wood (we, of course, recommend the Wolmanized brand) intended for ground contact, you can be confident that the wood will resist fungal decay for many decades, and you don’t have to be concerned with sealing or cladding. Treated wood has been used for years in Permanent Wood Foundations (made of treated studs and treated plywood), framing for all homes in Hawaii (where termites necessitate this), and for the sill plate of nearly all homes in North America. In all of those applications, many left unfinished, there is not a single known adverse health or environmental incident from the preservative in the wood.

Because of the dampness and your past problem, I would try to get wood treated for ground contact, even if most of the lumber will be above ground. That gives you an extra measure of security.

You can probably find properly treated wood at a lumber dealer near you. I hope this helps.

Wolmanized® Residential Outdoor® Wood

Protected by the advanced Type C formulation of copper azole

July 19, 2010 | Arch Chemicals has released an informational packet outlining the features and specifications of their Wolmanized® Residential Outdoor® Wood.

You may download the Wolmanized® Residential Outdoor® Wood Informational PDF here.