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Lumber is used in so many applications, from construction to landscaping. This material, made up of timber cut into planks or boards, can be cut down to size or ground to a pulp, such as in the case of paper. A part of the forestry industry, lumber can also be treated at the mill to withstand the elements, which is crucial when used as decks, fencing, walls, and flooring. From pine and oak to cedar and plywood, lumber is an important resource and must be protected to provide the longest life. Wood can be sold in natural form or pressure treated, finished form from the lumber yard, timber mill or distributor. When you buy it from the yard or store, timber is usually pressure treated to combat fungi, mold, moisture, decay, and insects. Here are some top terms for lumber treating.

  • Plywood – Thin yet strong wooden board consisting of two or more layers that have been glued and pressed together. It is desirable because it resists cracking and warping. It’s also quite flexible.
  • Stain – A typical application for wood, stain consists of a colorant suspended or dissolved in a solvent. Polyurethane is an example of a colored finish, which does not penetrate the wood pores.
  • Non-toxic – Not harmful to humans and animals. Some treatments are not used anymore due to toxic qualities, while others are used for their harmless benefits.
  • Fire Retardant – Meant to guard against the spread of flames, fire retardant treated wood features a chemical application that forces the wood to remain stable within extremely high temperatures. It can be applied at the surface or under pressure.
  • Creosote – Typically seen on utility poles, pier posts, and railroad ties, this tar-based preservative is one of the oldest around but is not sold to the general public.
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    MidWest Wood Treating Inc
    4832 Plank Rd, Norwalk, OH 44857
    (419) 668-9112


    Lumber treating can help reduce the amount of fungi and decay wood like timber and plywood produce. To find a facility that performs these services you can search the Internet or look in a local phone book. You can ask about the process they do and if they use non-toxic chemicals. Pressure treating is done by sealing the wood in a tank where the air within the wood is extracted. Of course this can be done by professionals that have the right equipment to safely do the work, including drying and finishing the wood. Insects and moisture are two things wood has to be prepared for. After a while the wood will need to be cleaned in order to look like new again. Decks and outdoor wooden furniture can be finished to help repel moisture and insects. Reclaimed wood can be bought or sold to facilities. If you're looking for a lumber treating company you will want to find reviews to see if others would recommend the company or not. Construction companies that use a lot of rough wood and need it to be cleaned and finished or want to find a place to provide sealing to the edges may find that a company will give them a discount by using their services. Power equipment to dry posts of plywood and timber can be expensive, which is why finding a company to do it for you can save a lot of time and money. You will find that such things like motor oil can treat wood posts and keep water out, but a professional company will have other techniques they use to save you a lot of time.
     
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