Treated Timber FAQs

No, you should never burn treated wood because it will release toxic chemicals into the air and produces toxic ash.
Yes, they’re 2 different names for the same process of adding chemicals to the wood to make it longer lasting and immune to insects, rot and fungus.
Any wood after time will turn grey, dry out and crack if left exposed to the elements. To protect the wood from cracking or turning grey you could apply a clear water repellent sealer, satin or paint.
Treated timber can be used in moist conditions outside because of the way it’s treated. It will repel any insects that want to destroy the timber.
Yes, you should always wear safety equipment when cutting treated timber such as goggles and dust masks. Never cut indoors always cut treated timber outside, also don’t burn treated wood.
The stuff used to treat the timber contains a mixture of salts of copper sulphate, potassium dichromate and arsenic pentoxide. Children have a higher chance of getting arsenic poisoning if they do not wash their hands before eating.
Treated timber will need extra protection from water and moisture like a waterproof coat but remember to top it up every 12 months.
Yes, treated timber is treated with copper, chromium and arsenic which protect the wood from fungi, termites and other insects.
Treated timber could last up to 15 years or sometimes longer if properly looked after. Non-treated wood will last up to 5 years but if exposed to weather it will last less time.
Treated timber is wood that has been treated with preservatives containing chromium, arsenic and copper.