Fighting Fastener Corrosion Riverhead NY

Deck building used to be simpler. At the lumberyard, you’d load up on CCA-treated 2-by stock for the floor system, 6x6s for the posts, and whatever the budget allowed for the decking — anything from 1x6 pressure treated to more-expensive 1x4 Doug fir.

Local Companies

Plantings by the Sea Inc
(631)734-5696
5100 Cox Lane
Cutchogue, NY
Cantwell Landscaping & Design Inc
(631)204-1368
33 Donellan Road
Hampton Bays, NY
Atlantic Landscaping Inc
(631)325-5920
225 Montauk Hwy
Speonk, NY
Carls Equipment & SUPL Inc
(631)727-3500
1849 Old Country Road
Riverhead, NY
Traci Rivera
Traci's Permits

631-492-0927
P.O. Box 636
Moriches, NY
Lawntasia Landscaping
(631)286-0941
1541 Montauk Highway
Bellport, NY
Contino Landscaping & Design
(631)451-1491
1984 Route 112
Coram, NY
Smith BROS Inc
(631)696-1380
3237 Route 112
Medford, NY
S & L Irrigation Incorporated
(631)765-6860
41425 County Road 48
Southold, NY
Sound Gardens Inc
(631)929-4400
6332 Route 25A
Wading River, NY

What’ll you have with that wood preservative: Hot-dip galvanized, polymer coated, or stainless steel?

by Jefferson Kolle



Deck building used to be simpler. At the lumberyard, you’d load up on CCA-treated 2-by stock for the floor system, 6x6s for the posts, and whatever the budget allowed for the decking — anything from 1x6 pressure treated to more-expensive 1x4 Doug fir. Buying hardware and fasteners was straightforward too. Inside the lumberyard, you’d load up on nails, nuts, bolts, screws, and maybe joist hangers. And you’d be good to go.

Buying lumber and fasteners is no longer so straightforward. Since CCA was withdrawn from the residential market in 2004, new preservatives have taken its place. The corrosiveness of some of these chemicals has in turn spawned new types of corrosion-resistant hardware, which have left deck builders wondering which ones work best and if the best ones are worth the money.

A Little Chemistry
According to Dr. Pascal Kamdem, professor of wood science and technology at Michigan State University, chromated copper arsenate (CCA) pressure-treated wood was phased out because European countries objected to the chromium, while concerns in the United States centered around the arsenic. “Chemical companies wanted a pressure-treating formula that would be acceptable worldwide, so they got rid of both objectionable chemicals.”

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