Building materials, construction techniques and code requirements constantly change. Keeping up with these changes by adopting industry best practices, such as using Postsaver® sleeves, ensures lower maintenance while increasing the lifespan of many projects. Decks are one area where keeping up with best practices is more important than ever. Changes in the the wood treating process, brought about by environmental concerns, have resulted in more Eco-friendly lumber but with a corresponding reduction in protection against the elements.
Vulnerabilities solved by Postsaver sleeves
Decks are expected to withstand the elements year round for decades. However ground level rot has become a real problem for too many of today’s Eco-friendly posts that are treated with less effective and lower concentrations of preservatives. The organisms that cause wood rot thrive in the first 8 or so inches of soil where the optimum conditions of moisture, oxygen and nutrients are prevalent. This same depth is where load bearing deck posts rest on their concrete footings. If unprotected posts decay it can lead to the entire deck settling, shifting or possibly collapsing long before the deck has reached the end of it’s serviceable life. Postsaver® sleeves solve this problem by sealing out air and moisture in this vulnerable area.
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