Are you reading the FINE PRINT?
Spoiler Alert: It's tiny on purpose.
"All Treated Wood is NOT the same"
What does the AWPA consider a Ground Contact Application?
The American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) has passed changes to the standards requiring pressure treated wood used in many physically above-ground applications be treated to Ground Contact retentions. AWPA is a non-profit organization that involves professionals from all facets of wood preservation businesses to create standards by which the industry abides. AWPA standards require the user (builder, consumer, or inspector) to select Ground Contact Treatment for physically above-ground material:
• soil or other debris may build up and stay in contact with the wood
• there is insufficient ventilation to allow air circulation around the 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 any evidence of decay
• wood is subject to frequent/recurring wetting
• used in tropical climates
• the wood is both:
• difficult to maintain, repair or replace and
• critical to the performance and safety of the entire system
Hamilton Building Supply sent this example to our attention- Here is what the homeowner requested:
The material purchased for this job came from a local big box retailer. Notice the end use and pay close attention to the tag! This is a classic example of misapplication.
Hamilton Building Supply reports to their customers "That's why we only buy Madison Wood!"
Consumers feel confident when projects are built with Madison Wood after learning about Madison’s choice to only treat lumber to Ground Contact retentions as of March 2016. Having the discussion about Ground Contact and misapplications can be a huge selling advantage! Hamilton Building Supply takes every opportunity to shine as experts in the industry and followed up with the contractor and homeowner regarding this job. How are you serving as the expert on treated lumber in your area? We would love to hear your experience.