ACQ Southern Yellow Pine decking

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About - ACQ Southern Yellow Pine

The ACQ Southern Yellow Pine is part of the decking test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, decking material models like the Southern Yellow Pine are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Resistance to slipping:
Resistance to slipping is amount of friction for leather and neoprene under wet and dry conditions.

Resistance to flexing:
Resistance to flexing is resistance to bending under load.

Resistance to sagging:
Resistance to sagging is resistance to permanent bending from gravity over time.
Features & Specs - ACQ Southern Yellow Pine
info Grained/smooth sides No
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Cost Effective
Splits And Warping
Best Uses
Vertical Structures
The price of pressure treated (PT) wood is far better than alternative products such as composite, exotic wood and aluminum decking. It is easy to work with and readily available at the big box stores. The PT deck looks beautiful when installed, the challenge is keeping it looking good. Some people leave it untreated or stained and eventually it ages, turns grey and looks worn. However it is still structurally strong and does not decay. After five to tens years you can easily replace twisted/splintered boards, power wash and seal/stain(or re-stain) if you want. Unlike the other reviewer I have had great luck painting PT boards in many different applications. PT boards are treated with a water based treatment and are very compatible with water based latex paint. I used tongue and grove PT decking for a large porch and primed and painted the boards with high quality deck paint. It look spectacular and has lasted more than a decade with very minor touchup. So consider this alternative as well. Cedar and redwood decks are also a better alternative to composite, exotic and aluminum decking and may actually be cheaper and more versatile.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(57 of 57 customers found this review helpful)
Wood 101, what you need to know.
All 2nd Growth Trees
Grwon Sustainably in US
No Old Growth Trees used
Copper leaches
Copper toxic Marine Envir
Season Before Installing
Swells shrinks a lot
Best Uses
Landscape Projects
Residential Decking
This is decking made of Southern Yellow Pine(SYP) lumber and chemically impregnated with ACQ, a copper based wood preservative. The copper is highly toxic to marine organisms, and leaches readily, so it should Never be used for docks, bulkheads or anything anywhere near marine environments. Any doubt about this check with the USDA Forest Products Laboratory (www.FPL.FS.FED.US) the 100 year old source of everything we know about wood.<br />Without the chemical treatment the wood will decay quickly, hence the ACQ treatment. All wood Swells & Shrinks from moisture change, not temperature change. Some wood species move a lot when these moisture changes occur, like SYP, and other wood species move very little like Western Red Cedar. This is because each has a different coefficient of expansion. SYP has a high coefficient of expansion, Western Red Cedar (WRC) has a very low one. Because the wood can be purchased wet with the water borne chemicals, or Kiln Dried After it has been chemically Treated (KDAT) the consequences can be very different. All wood should be seasoned BEFORE it is installed, KDAT is seasoned in the kiln, evrything else is soaking wet. <br />Everything you DO NOT want the decking to do is caused by the Stress within the wood caused by moisture changes in the SYP exposed on the open deck, this includes: checking, splitting, warping, grain raise, cupping, twisting, splintering etc. To minimize this buy the decking KDAT and coat it on all six surfaces of each deck board with a good quality deck stain, before installing it, and never paint a wood deck. <br /><br />ACQ is a Corrosive, so use ONLY 316 Grade Stainless Steel fasteners. If possible Blind Fasten the deck so there will be NO Visible Fasteners on the deck surface when the deck is finished. This makes the deck look better, easier to maintain, and less likely to be split by fasteners over driven by the deck contractor.(see: EB Ty, Tiger Claw, Deckmaster, Deck One, etc brands of blind fastener systems for decks)<br />Boards MUST BE installed 'Bark Side Up', not Pithside up. Flatgrain lumber has a barkside and a pithside, leran which is which at the FPL website, (see the Wood Handbook)<br /><br />Clean using only mild cleaners, do the cleaning in cool weather NEVER mid Summer, use a soft brush, NEVER a Power Washer which will raise the grain at best, and tear the wood apart at worst. OXICLEAN makes an excellent deck wash, rinse well. Mild solution is all you'll need.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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