Effect of profiling and preservative treatments on the weathering characteristics of Southern pine deck boards
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In this study, Southern pine (Pinus sp.) deck boards were machined to flat (control) and ribbed surface profiles. The specimens were treated with aqueous formulations of 4,5-dichloro-2-N-octyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one (EL2) and amine copper azole (CA-C) using a vacuum/pressure method. Boards were exposed to accelerated weathering for 576 h (24 days). The results showed all of the preservative-treated ribbed decking samples had a lower average number of checks compared to end matched flat samples. Checks were also shorter and narrower in the profiled deck boards than in the unprofiled specimens. Furthermore, the lowest amount of checking, cupping, twist and bowing was observed for specimens profiled and treated with the EL2.
We thank the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials, Mississippi State University, US and Bojnourd Branch, Azad University, Iran, Fund for their financial support of this research, and Mrs. Linda Site for expert assistance.
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