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Pressure treated wood is often used for construction areas that will be exposed to the weather or in high moisture areas. The chemicals used to treat this wood have been revised in 2003 to remove some of the potential harmful elements in the pressure treatment. The change in chemical formulations has had a secondary effect on the corrosivity of the pressure treated wood. The two most popular chemicals for wood pressure treatment are alkaline copper quaternary (ACQ) and copper azole (CA). These two chemicals are active corrosion materials.

Two corrosion protection systems are recommended for use with these chemicals, hot-dip galvanized steel and stainless steel. All other systems do not have enough corrosion protection to allow the metal to survive in this environment. Some of the metal parts that come into contact with these chemicals are connector plates, joist hangars, bracing plates, and fasteners of all types. The hot-dip galvanized coating provides a thick layer of zinc coating to slow the corrosion rate when in contact with pressure treatment chemicals.

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Geoff Eaton

For structural grade timber used for building decks etc, and which has been treated with a boron preservative (the pink stuff), is this corrosive for hot dipped galvanised bolts? Also do you any information on the expected life of galvanised bolts , such as coachbolts, is an application such as an exposed deck, not within 4km of the sea?


Hi Geoff, Borate treatments are less corrosive than CA, so hot-dip galvanizing will be appropriate. HDG can typically provide protection longer than the typical deck design life of 10-15 years.

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