Treated Southern Pine Performs

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Consumers and builders enjoy the look and feel of real wood. Pressure-treated Southern Pine is the most popular choice for decking because of its inherent strength and ease of treatability, value, along with its visual appeal.

Decks extend the living space of the home and offer many different design choices from simple, compact structures to elaborate multi-level deck with built-in planters, benches and railings. And, the latest formulations of preservatives are environmentally friendly and safe to use around people, plants and pets.

Why use pressure-treated Southern Pine?  Pressure-treated Southern Pine remains the most cost-effective and durable solution for outdoor building projects. Preservatives help ensure wood used in a wide range of service conditions. Pressure-treated Southern Pine wood products are an economical, sustainable and renewable building material – important selling points for your customers.

The 24-page booklet, Pressure-Treated Southern Pine, explains the standards, provides simplified specification guidelines, and includes tips on suitable fasteners and finishes. It is available for download from the Publications page

International Efforts Continue

The Southern Pine lumber industry continues to expand global markets for Southern Pine lumber, and its latest efforts are clearly paying off. Exports of Southern Pine lumber have reached record levels each of the past seven years. Surveys of overseas buyers continue to show that the industry’s educational work is having a direct impact on awareness and sales of Southern Pine. While mature markets in Europe and the Caribbean remain important, much of the Southern Pine Council’s work is centered on expanding new emerging markets in Southeast Asia, South America, Central America, Pakistan, and India. There has been unprecedented growth in exports to these markets and opportunities exist for future expansion.

The biggest challenges Southern Pine manufacturers face is the lack of education among overseas buyers about U.S. softwood lumber grades and sizes, particularly in new emerging markets that are accustomed to tropical hardwoods. How the U.S. industry sizes and grades lumber is unique, and it takes a lot to train traders and specifiers about how to choose U.S. products best suited to their needs. And in markets accustomed to hardwoods, extensive training is needed on how to handle and store kiln-dried softwoods from the United States.

Nevertheless, the Southern Pine industry remains optimistic when considering exports for 2018.

Demand in the Caribbean will grow over the coming years as it rebuilds after hurricanes ravaged several islands. Wood-frame housing – using Southern Pine – is becoming more popular in Central America, Mexico, Colombia, and Peru thanks in part to our efforts to encourage governments and builders there to embrace wood-frame construction. And in Southeast Asia, Pakistan, and India declines in the quantity and quality of domestic logs are driving buyers to source lumber from the United States.

Complete information about SPC’s international promotional efforts is available online; visit