Summer is the time to complete various home improvement projects around the house including treatment of exterior wood surfaces. Not only is it required by code, but it is a good idea to protect all exterior wood surfaces from the elements!
All exterior wood surfaces should be protected from the wind, rain, and sun by means of a protective covering or treatment such as paint, stain, or wood sealer. Homeowners should plan for reapplication of treatment to wood surfaces every one to two years for best results, or at a minimum when 20% or more of the structure’s exterior wood surface area is exposed or deteriorated. Common surfaces requiring such treatment are house and garage trim, soffit, and fascia, porches, decks, and fences. Protective treatments will protect your wood surfaces from deterioration and rot which can be caused by exposure to the sun, wind, moisture, and bugs. Not only will treatments protect your exterior wood surfaces, they will improve the appearance of your home, and can extend the life of the wood surfaces saving you money in the long run.
Green treated wood and composite material does not require protective treatments, and might be an alternative to traditional wood and lumber materials for your next home improvement project!