What Is Pressure Treatment Of Wood In Fences?

In our previous posts we discussed the various types of wood used in fences, including pressure-treated pine, exotic woods, red cedar and redwoods in wood fences.

Manufacturers can use pressure treating of wood to extend its life against rot, termites and other insects that degrade the wood, ideal for a wood fence.

The process uses pressure to inject chemicals into the wood that preserve it. The process can be used to inject many types of chemicals and other materials into the wood.

Pressure-treated wood is used for residential, commercial and industrial purposes. Railroad ties, guardrail posts alongside roadways and timbers for marine use are treated with creosote.

Pressure treating works best on sapwood as opposed to heartwood. Heartwood is the core of the tree which provides the strength, making it denser than sapwood, which is the outside of the tree closest to the bark and transports sap from the base to the heights.

Treating wood used in fences for both rails and posts is a common practice. But what Midwest Fence has done is, through testing, create a proprietary pressure treating method for western red cedar.

The wood created from this method is called Duracedar and its benefit is that the treatment avoids problems typically associated with pressure-treated lumber such as warping, twisting, checking and discoloration.