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Unread 07-27-2010, 12:09 PM   #1
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Treated Wood Yellow vs Green

I can get some decking from Lowes for a better price than other places esp. with the Military discount. They have the green treated. At a lumber yard closer to home they have the yellow treated wood, they say it has a 40 year earth to wood life expectancy.

Is there a difference between these types of treated wood? Is one better than the other?

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Unread 07-27-2010, 12:21 PM   #2
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Is the lumber yard selling Yellawood? Most all pressure treated wood is southern yellow pine. I think the "green" wood that is at Lowes/Home Depot is ACQ (alkaline copper quaternary). It used to be treated with CCA (copper arsenic & ??). The chemicals used to "treat" the wood give it that green tint until it gets dried out.

Yellawood is a name brand like Kleenx or Band-Aid although people use those generically. Yellawood is supposed to be environmentally friendly pressure treated wood without the use of harsh chemicals. But if it's yellow wood, I dunno.
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Is the lumber yard selling Yellawood? Most all pressure treated wood is southern yellow pine. I think the "green" wood that is at Lowes/Home Depot is ACQ (alkaline copper quaternary). It used to be treated with CCA (copper arsenic & ??). The chemicals used to "treat" the wood give it that green tint until it gets dried out.

Yellawood is a name brand like Kleenx or Band-Aid although people use those generically. Yellawood is supposed to be environmentally friendly pressure treated wood without the use of harsh chemicals. But if it's yellow wood, I dunno.
The sales person called it yellow wood, didn't realize he was referring to a brand name. I remember seeing a Cowboy in a commercial saying something about yellow wood. It did seem to be a more "natural" color than the treated wood I had gotten in the past

The lumber yard is more $ than Lowes. I don't mind paying more if I get a better longer lasting product. I am reay am not too concerned about the environmental issue.

The deck will be around a swimming pool if that matters.
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Unread 07-27-2010, 01:06 PM   #4
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There are different kinds of treatment and colors occur from those treatments. With each treatment they put in different amounts of chemicals depending on the intended use. I personally like lumber yards over homedepot or lowes as they have a larger selection and more useful people. I would talk to the guys at the lumber yard and say what you want to build and where after you tell them the conditions they will show you the best products for it. If you are building around a swimming pool I would suggest looking into PVC or composite material since it will be around water. Either of those products will outlast wood of any type and not need as much maintenance.
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There are different kinds of treatment and colors occur from those treatments. With each treatment they put in different amounts of chemicals depending on the intended use. I personally like lumber yards over homedepot or lowes as they have a larger selection and more useful people. I would talk to the guys at the lumber yard and say what you want to build and where after you tell them the conditions they will show you the best products for it. If you are building around a swimming pool I would suggest looking into PVC or composite material since it will be around water. Either of those products will outlast wood of any type and not need as much maintenance.

The Lowes people are competent as those at the lumber store in my area. My bro-in-law does construction and is the one mainly building the deck. I did check in to the composite wood for decking but it is about $25 a board vs. $6.00 a board. I will seal the wood probably every year or so but that doesn't take much time. In a couple years my kids will be old enough to do it anyway.
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I guess it's up to you. For the most part pt wood is the same wherever you get it. It's southern yellow pine dipped in a chemical bath of sorts. The yellawood is more natural looking, I suppose because of the chemical concoction they use to treat it.

Do you know what type of stain you are going to you use? (clear, toner, semi-transparent, paint). I have a semi-transparent on our deck. My dad put on more of a toner on his and it turned out pretty nice, the green isn't there and it has more of a natural/yellow amber tint to it.

Personally, if it was me since you are using pt wood, I'd just go where it cost the least. Well, in addition make sure you can get a straight board. Because the wood is "green", by that I mean freshly cut it has tendency to twist and bow. It took me a while to select all the wood for my deck, but maybe I was too picky when getting the wood.
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just did my deck in yella wood. it looks great and don't make this guy pay you a visit!

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