It is crucial to purchase CCA treated timber that is best suited for your application. Now, what does that really mean? It’s not only about whether the is CCA treated, but more importantly, which hazard class the timber is treated to. The treatment process categorizes timber into different CCA hazard classes, ensuring tailored protection based on the anticipated environmental challenges, specifically pertaining to weather and insect exposure.
Our goal is that, after reading this blog, you will understand how the CCA hazard classes work and therefore know exactly what information you need to gather before you’re on your way to purchase your timber.
Why is timber is treated with CCA.
While timber is an excellent material to build with, we know that it is also biodegradable. Biodegradability is the ability of a material to be broken down into simpler substances by the action of living organisms, such as bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms, as well as environmental factors like moisture and temperature. This is great for the environment, however, not so much for structures. We need the timber to be able to last longer.
That’s where CCA treatment comes into play; the chemicals are intended to protect the timber from these elements, significantly enhancing its durability. To learn more about the CCA treatment process, please click on the following link: CCA pressure treatment process
Understanding the CCA hazard classes
During the treatment process, timber is treated based on various hazard classes, tailoring the treatment to its most suitable application. For instance, if you’re planning to construct a deck exposed to potential harsh weather elements like heavy rain, intense sunlight, and potential insect attacks, it’s essential to choose timber that can effectively withstand these threats.
Here are the CCA hazard classes in short:
H2 – The timber is treated for above ground, indoor use: e.g. Interior, flooring, furniture, joinery.
H3 – The timber is treated for outside, above ground use: E.g. pergola’s, decks, verandah posts.
H4 – The timber is treated for outside, inground use: E.g. Fence posts, garden walls, vineyards.
H5 – The timber is treated for use in areas with constant moisture and dampness. E.g. Piles, wall retainers
You might think that using a good sealer is enough to protect timber. However, it’s important to know that sealers mainly protect the surface of the wood and need frequent reapplication.
On the other hand, CCA treatment goes deeper. The chemicals penetrate the timber, creating a strong and long-lasting defense against decay, insects, and environmental stress. Unlike sealers, CCA-treated timber doesn’t require constant retreatment. Once treated initially, the timber undergoes a lasting transformation, providing enduring protection without the hassle of repeated applications.
What you can do, is, apply a sealant to CCA treated wood to provide even more protection, however, we will dive into this topic another time.
Regulations of CCA treatment
CCA timber treating companies should follow SANS (South African National Standards) 10288 regulations. This is to promote safety, environmental sustainability, and overall product quality. It is therefore highly important that you purchase from a trusted supplier.
Cost of CCA Timber
You may think there is a large gap in pricing between these two products. Surprisingly, this not the case. To see our pricelists, feel free to click on the following link: https://www.sabiepoles.co.za/download-latest-pricelist/timber-pricelist/
How to purchase CCA treated timber
First and foremost, establishing a relationship with a trusted supplier is of utmost importance. Here’s why:
- Guidance in Wood Selection: A reliable supplier plays a crucial role in helping you choose the right type of wood for your specific needs. They offer assistance to ensure that you make informed decisions, considering factors such as project requirements, environmental conditions, and desired outcomes.
- Access to Wood Experts: Trusted suppliers often have wood experts on hand to provide valuable advice. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a novice in the realm of woodwork, having access to expert guidance ensures that you receive personalized recommendations and insights tailored to your unique project.
- Assurance of Top-Quality Products: A reputable supplier is committed to delivering top-notch products. By sourcing materials from such a supplier, you gain confidence in the quality and reliability of the wood you’re acquiring. This assurance is particularly vital for the success and longevity of your construction or woodworking project.
Purchase CCA treated timber from Sabie Poles
Fortunately, when you choose Sabie Poles as your supplier, you’re engaging with professionals who understand the intricacies of wood. Whether you have a clear vision of your project or need advice and insights, Sabie Poles is dedicated to assisting you at every step. With a team of experts, we ensure that your wood procurement experience is not just transactional but a collaborative effort towards the success of your endeavors.
You can do the following to contact us:
Give us a call: 082 838 2838 / Email us: sales2sabietimber.co.za or go to our home page and request a quote.
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