Quick Answers to FAQ's | Treated Wood

Quick Answers to FAQ's

  • What are the benefits to Ecolife treated lumber compared to competitive wood treatments?
    • The built-in wood stabilizer keeps boards straighter and minimizes cracking, checking and splitting.
    • An environmentally advanced, non-metallic preservative, Ecolife (EL2) is extremely effective at .019 pcf retention, a fraction of competing products that use two times the chemicals to achieve adequate above ground product performance.
    • The water repellent stabilizer is a built-in part of the preservative system and not an add-on that can vary by treater supplier.
    • Fights exposure to the sun and rain and is used in building decks, railings, fence pickets, arbors, trellises, joists and beams.
    • Less corrosive to connectors and fasteners and can be used in direct contact with aluminum products, even in continuously wet applications.
    • Unsurpassed in effectiveness with virtually no warranty claims in its history.
    • Designed for applications six inches or more off the ground.
  • What type of nails or screws do you recommend?
    • Use code-approved hot-dipped galvanized or stainless steel corrosion-resistant fasteners and G185 hot-dipped galvanized connectors for exterior use.
    • Do not mix metals. If using hot-dipped galvanized fasteners, use hot-dipped galvanized connectors. If using stainless steel fasteners, use stainless steel connectors.
    • For coastal installations, use code-approved stainless steel.
  • How do I remove the grade stamp from my deck?

    Light sanding will remove or lighten the grade stamp's appearance.

  • How long do I need to wait before I stain or paint my deck or fence?
    • Allow treated wood to dry prior to application. Test the wood with a few drops of water to see if the wood is dry enough to readily absorb water.
    • Typically, treated wood will be dry and ready for finishing 60 days after installation.
    • Apply the stain to a small portion of the deck to ensure the wood is sufficiently dry.
    • Follow the manufacturer's instructions.
  • What do you recommend I use to paint or stain my deck?
    • Use a good quality oil-based or water-based stain, or exterior wood water sealant product with UV protection to help prevent the wood from turning gray from exposure to the sun.
    • Apply a water repellent sealer at least every two years.
    • Follow the manufacturer's instructions.
  • How long will treated wood last?
    • Ecolife treated wood is backed by a Lifetime Limited Warranty against fungal decay and termite attack. 
    • Seal your deck every two years or as often as needed to keep it looking good.
  • What do you recommend I use to clean my deck?
    • Clean annually and keep your deck free from dirt and debris.
    • A solution of liquid detergent and water with a stiff brush will remove mildew and dirt.
    • For hard to clean surfaces, use a deck brightener containing oxalic acid to retain the wood’s natural beauty.
    • Never use household chloride bleaches or foaming cleaners as they can strip the preservatives and damage the wood fibers leaving an unnatural whitewashed appearance.
    • Be careful if using a pressure-washer as excessive pressure may cause damage to the wood.
  • Any tips on installation?
    • Butt boards tightly together during installation as they will shrink slightly in width and thickness as they dry out.
    • Pre-drill holes at the ends of boards to help prevent splitting.
    • Use screws to improve holding performance.
    • Install fasteners flush to the wood surface. Do not overdrive fastener.
    • For ground contact support posts, install the un-cut ends in the ground.
  • What safe practices should I use when working with treated wood?
    • Wear gloves, goggles and dust mask when working with treated wood.
    • Wash hands thoroughly with mild soap and water after working with treated wood.
    • Do not burn or use treated wood debris as mulch.
    • Do not use treated wood where it may come into direct or indirect contact with drinking water or a component of food, animal feed or beehives.
    • Dispose of treated wood debris in accordance with local regulations.