CLEVELAND - Demand for wood preservatives in decking is projected to increase 12% annually through 2020 to $300 million. Restraining growth somewhat will be the increasing popularity not only of non-wood decking materials but also of wood decking that does not require preservation because the species of wood is naturally resistant to insect and water damage. These and other trends are presented in Wood Preservative Market in the US, a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm.

Gains will be driven primarily by the widespread shift among preserved wood retailers toward stocking a greater concentration of ground-contact-rated decking materials and taking smaller orders for above-ground-rated decking. According to analyst Matt Breuer, “New American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) standards language suggests that some structural components may need to be treated for ground contact even if they do not touch the ground but are near to the ground, are critical to the structural integrity of the deck, are poorly ventilated, or would be difficult to repair or replace.” Although this language means that the decisions are to be made on a case-by-case basis by contractors, inspectors or consumers, many preserved wood retailers have already begun converting their decking stock to ground-contact-rated lumber. 

As non-wood decking cuts into demand for wood decking materials, demand for preservatives in this application in turn will suffer. Similarly, there are a number of wood species, including cedar and redwood, that require little or no preservative to offer a long and reliable service life. Decking material made of these types of wood have consistently gained market share and will continue to do so, limiting slightly the gains that preservatives will make in this application overall. 

Wood Preservative Market in the US is available from The Freedonia Group. For further details, contact Corinne Gangloff by phone 440/684.9600 or e-mail Information may also be obtained through