Real Wood for Your Outdoor Spaces
Proven Long-term Protection
Preserve® is a family of fully-dissolved copper-based wood preservative solutions for exterior wood products. Preserve formulations provide long-term protection from fungal decay and termite attack for a wide variety of residential, commercial and agricultural construction projects including above-ground, ground contact, fresh-water immersion, and salt-water splash applications.
In the US and other countries, ACQ and CA-C are registered for use on: lumber, timbers, landscape ties, fence posts, building and utility poles, land, freshwater and marine pilings, seawalls, decking, wood shingles, and other wood and wood framing structures.
The Preserve treatment lends a distinctive green tint to the timber, although an additional color pigment, DesignWood, can be introduced during the treatment process to stain the wood in shades of brown.
Preserve treatments are also available with a built-in water repellent and marketed as Preserve Plus.
Preserve ACQ - Alkaline Copper Quaternary (ACQ) is a water-based wood preservative formulation made of soluble copper and a quaternary compound. The soluble copper makes the wood very resistant to biological attack, and a quaternary ammonium compound (quat) acts as biocide and insecticide, increasing the tolerance of the treated lumber to copper-resistant bacteria and fungi.
ACQ is used throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia, and is seen as a “greener” preservative and a more sustainable option than previous wood preservatives.
Preserve CA - Copper Azole Type C (CA-C) is found readily across the Eastern US and Canada. The preservative formulation is made of soluble copper and organic triazole co-biocides; tebuconazole and propiconazole, which help control copper-tolerant fungi. CA-C is not recommended for saltwater immersion applications.
Preserve ACQ and CA
- Ideal for residential, commercial and certain agricultural projects for these applications:
- Above Ground Exposed Use
- Ground Contact General Use
- Fresh-water Immersion and Salt-water Splash
- Field-tested, proven-to-last, and accepted as an industry standard
- Building code compliant (IRC and IBC)
- American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) standardized wood preservatives
Preserve ACQ and Preserve CA are NAHB Home Innovation Research Labs Green Certified Products for Resource Efficiency and are eligible to contribute points toward a buildings certification under the National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS).
- Always use building-code approved, corrosion-resistant fasteners and connectors that are suitable for use in pressure-treated wood.
- Recommended Fasteners: use hot-dipped galvanized fasteners (meeting ASTM A 153) or stainless steel.
- Recommended Connectors: use G185 hot-dipped galvanized for exterior applications.
- For Permanent Wood Foundations and corrosive environments, such as Coastal areas with saltwater spray, use code approved stainless steel fasteners and connectors.
- Preserve is not suitable for direct contact with uncoated steel or aluminum building products.
Preserve ACQ and Preserve CA treated wood is covered by a Lifetime Limited Warranty against damage from fungal decay or termite attack when installed in accordance with applicable building codes. See Preserve ACQ and Preserve CA Lifetime Limited Warranties for terms and conditions.