Why Treated Pine Timber is the Best Choice for Outdoor

Pine timber can be one of the most versatile choices when designing an outdoor area such as in a backyard or when placing timber fences along the perimeter of your property. This material can be durable and long-lasting, when it has proper treatment and regular maintenance is undertaken.

Below are some reasons for choosing treated pine for your outdoor furniture, timber decking and other structures in your outdoor area.

Pressure treatment

This preservation technique is achieved by placing the wood inside a liquid preservative and then placing it inside a high-pressure chamber, which forces the chemical agent inside the wood fibers to the core of each piece of wood.

This helps keep insects and microorganisms from destroying your wood pieces by removing moisture and creating a layer of protection that will last for many years. Regular maintenance and the application of extra preservatives should be done if necessary. By comparison, untreated pine will last only approximately two years out in the open.

Colours and Stains

Pine has a natural light tan color that looks good untreated, but it can also be changed through staining. Keep in mind that by adding a stained finish, it will also help the wood to last even longer. This type of wood will also adhere well to many chalk and oil-based paint types, enabling interesting and professional looking options for your furniture or for your kids’ playground equipment.

You can get interesting patterns and highlighted grain looks from different stain colours on pine timber objects that can either look very ancient or modern, depending on your design choice. Another artistic touch you can give is to lightly sand your furniture after painting to replicate a distressed rustic surface on outdoor chairs, tables and cabinets that will make it simultaneously look cozy and stylish.


Building strong timber decking and fences is easily achievable with pine, as it is a strong and an affordable option that is softer than most types of wood. You should keep in mind that specific treatments should be applied to your timber fences or decking depending on its structural function and what kind of natural exposure it will suffer, such as salt water, termites, small animals and common wood rot.

Pine is one of the most common and less expensive types of wood sold in the world and it is commonly employed in framing and supporting beam structures for decks and furniture. In terms of fixing, opt for galvanized, monel, stainless steel and silicone bronze treated bolts, screws, nails, anchors and brackets. It is also recommended to refrain from using untreated or electroplated metal objects in your timber decking or other structures that could cause rust and decay.

Treated pine is really good for humid climates and it is also relatively affordable which is something to consider when erecting a long fence perimeter for your property. However, while untreated pine can be less durable than other woods, such as cedar, when treated it provides a wealth of benefits. Visit your local store today to find out more about how you can implement treated pine into your next project.