ProWood’s Lead in the Lumber Industry

ProWood® is leading the treated lumber industry with their new black end tags. Its sleek, bold design stands out among other lumber brands because each tag states the correct uses and applications for that lumber treatment. ProWood focuses on consumer education, and with the correct application uses, their projects will have long-lasting performance.

ProWood Lumber Treatments

For projects that are built to last, ProWood® professional-grade treated lumber offers a wide selection of grades to suit virtually any outdoor project. Their pressure-treated lumber is perfect for decks, exposed structures, sill plates and other applications. What’s more, ProWood (micronized copper azole) treated wood is more natural looking, less corrosive to fasteners and looks good longer than many other brands.

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Being able to understand the capabilities, and also the limits, of treated lumber can ensure projects and structures are built to last. Each color bar on the end tag represents a treatment option: Light Duty, Above Ground, Ground Contact, Critical Structure, Borate, and Naturals. Generally, manufacturers and dealers are embracing ground contact/general-use treated lumber to eliminate confusion and to ensure their customers are covered. However, our focus is on educating homeowners and professionals to not only make the right decision, but to understand the reason behind it. Our three most common treatment options available are ProWood Light Duty, ProWood Above Ground, and ProWood Ground Contact.

ProWood Light Duty

Represented by a white bar on the end tag, it’s made for non-structural projects that are easily replaced and maintained. The recommended applications for this treatment option include fence pickets, lattice, and landscape timbers. This option comes with a 1-Year Limited Warranty (in proper application).

ProWood Above Ground

Represented by a gray bar on the end tag, Above-Ground treated lumber is best suited for elements that are easily replaced, maintained, and installed at least 6 inches above the ground. The recommended applications include railings and balusters, however, this treatment option is not suitable for deck joists, beams, or near-ground uses. ProWood Above Ground is backed by a Lifetime Limited Warranty against rot and fungal decay, and termites (in proper application).

ProWood Ground Contact

Represented by a green bar on the end tag, Ground Contact is our most widely used general-purpose treated lumber for above-ground, ground level, and freshwater applications. This treatment option is required for elements critical to the integrity of the structure and difficult to replace- such as ledgers, beams, joists, and posts. Ground Contact treated lumber is recommended for projects with inadequate ventilation, frequent moisture, or in contact with the ground (like garden boxes). ProWood Ground Contact is backed by a Lifetime Limited Warranty against rot and fungal decay, and termites (in proper application).

For more information and the complete list of end tags, visit their website at

Questions You Should be Asking for Your Next Project:

Sometimes customers need some guidance when choosing lumber. It’s important to ask the right questions pertaining to their project and the environment that it will be in. Essential questions to ask include:

●      Will the lumber be difficult to replace or maintain?

●      Will the lumber be critical to the integrity of a structure?

●      Will the lumber be 6 inches or less from the ground (or touching the ground?)

●      Will the lumber be subject to inadequate ventilation?

●      Will the lumber be exposed to frequent or prolonged moisture?

If they answered YES to at least one, then it’s recommended using Ground Contact lumber for their project. This treatment option is always a safe choice to ensure the quality and integrity of their project for years to come.

ProWood’s new black end tags are leading in the lumber industry in consumer education and correct application uses. Be prepared with your next customer by familiarizing yourself with ProWood’s three commonly-used treatments.

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