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Old 07-22-2011, 04:23 PM   #1
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I'm l planning to build a trellis patients cover should I use pressure treated wood or not?


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Old 07-22-2011, 04:25 PM   #2
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Depends how much you like painting and re-building the trellis...

Pressure treat will last alot longer and won't need painting for at least a year. Then just a sealer will keep it up for a while. Regular wood HAS to be painted if you expect it to last for any reasonable amount of time.


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Old 07-23-2011, 08:31 AM   #3
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Unless it is something like redwood, cedar or teak. I built trellises decades ago out of A grade redwood and out of teak that weathered gray but still have no real need of paint or stain save for esthetics. I raced my favorite vintage sailboat in salt water and its teak deck never had any sealer on it. It's outside all year round.

I would use treated lumber for anything in the ground though.

Personally? I don't like the natural gray weathered look and tried to get clients into a nice color of transparent stain at least.

If you start staining or painting outdoor decks or structures, it should be added to your annual or bi-annual maintenance list. The wood will hold its own but the stain or paint will not.

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