Where you can use LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT
LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT products are suitable for interior and all exterior above ground use classes (American Wood Protection Association UC3A and UC3B). The limited lifetime warranty against fungal decay and insects is null and void if the LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT product is used in contact with the ground, is used within 6” of the ground, or is used in conditions of prolonged water entrapment.
LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT products are not designed for and should not be used in structural (load bearing) situations.
LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT may emit a solvent odor for a short period of time. This is similar to that of oil-based paint and results from the interwoven slip sheeting and containerization process. The slip sheeting protects the wood from blocking but does not allow for minute amounts of solvent to dissipate. Any noticeable odor will be well below the accepted threshold limit values (TLV) for long term exposure of 100ppm, and will disappear within a few days of airing.Read less
LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT products should be installed in accordance with the normal industry standards. Proper application and nailing practices are essential for maximizing the performance and appearance of LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT.
Building construction features that maximize performance of exterior wood products include: wide roof overhang, wide flashing at roof edges, correctly installed flashings around doors, windows and other openings, effective vapor barriers, adequate eave troughs and downspouts, exhaust fans to remove excessive moisture, and adequate attic insulation and ventilation.
In order to allow for normal seasonal wood movement, nailing should be such that it does not restrict movement - do not nail through overlapping pieces. Unlike treatments that contain high levels of copper or other metals, the active ingredients in LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT do not promote the corrosion of nails and fastenings. To fasten LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT in exterior applications, hot dipped galvanized nails are all that is needed. High tensile aluminum or stainless steel fasteners are also suitable. To fasten in interior applications, LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT requires no specialty nails; simply fasten as you would with any other interior wood product.
Hand nailing is recommended so that the factory primer seal will not be broken. If a nail gun is used, the precise adjustment of air pressure is necessary to achieve a flush finish. Alternatively, nails can be countersunk 1/16” and filled with putty to obtain a smooth surface. Pre-drilling near the ends is recommended to avoid any possibility of end splitting.
All nailing should be over studs and total effective penetration into a solid wood base should be at least 1-1/2”. Nailing patterns should comply with industry practices (see Exterior Wood in the South - Selection, Applications and Finishes. 1991. US Department of Agriculture, Forest Products Laboratory, General Technical Report, FPL-GTR-69).
Trimming, cutting and sealing requirements
Because LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT boards and mouldings are made from solid clear lengths of New Zealand grown radiata and free of heartwood, the pressure treatment (preservative process) penetrates 100% through every piece. Accordingly, no site application of a preservative to cut ends or rips is required.
The active preservative components of LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT are insoluble in water and will not be leached out in service.
However to maximize long term appearance, and to maintain the limited lifetime warranty, it is required to coat exposed end cuts and mitre joints with a good quality acrylic or oil-based alkyd exterior primer before final painting.
Any alteration of the shape or size of the product by rip-sawing, grooving, reprofiling, or planing must have the new surfaces reprimed with one coat of acrylic or alkyd primer, or the limited lifetime warranty will be void. Any reprofiling or planing, must be to less than 10% of the surface area of the product.Read less
Timber building products and exterior joinery are not normally glued onsite, but if the occasion should arise any standard wood glue - with the exception of casein containing glues - may be used with LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT products.
LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT is not intended for structural uses. Where impact adhesives are to be used or highly stressed glue joints are to be made (e.g. glue laminated beams), specific advice should be sought from Fletcher Wood Solutions.Read less
Putties, mastics, sealants
Putties, mastics and sealers should be compatible with alkyd (oil-based) paints to be suitable for use with LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT. The relevant manufacturer’s advice should be sought, e.g. Sika, Dow, and Master Builders.
LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT should be over coated within two months (60 days) of first installation, or up to 12 months (365 days) if the primer is assessed and given a light sand to remove surface oxidation if this is found to be present.
The smooth, defect free surface results from two coats of manufacturer applied, special purpose primer. Simply fill and prepare the wood for the finish coat using paint manufacturer’s specified instructions (e.g. use exterior filler if used on the outside of a building, spot prime and sand if necessary, clean and remove surface debris). Always follow the paint manufacturer’s recommendation for the application and maintenance of paint. For best results, choose a high-quality exterior acrylic/latex or oil-based paint system.
More details on painting recommendations can be found in the section “Limited 12-month primer warranty” in the Warranty section of this website.
PPG industries offers an extended topcoat paint warranty for LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT when topcoated using their family of paint products (Monarch, Olympic, Porter, Pittsburgh Paints). The paint warranty is separate from the substrate warranty. For details of this, contact Olympic Paints and Pittsburgh Paints at 877-622-4277.Read less
LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT is manufactured from radiata pine. As a natural material, it may contain resin as a natural constituent. In hot, sheltered conditions where the product has been painted a dark color, resin bleed may occur. If the above specification is followed, any resin bleed will be minimized. It is recommended that LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT be painted in light colors (Light Reflectance Value (LRV) greater than 40%). Any subsequent resin bleed may be repaired by sanding back and spot priming with a stain and bleed sealer.
Prior to installation, and pending top coating with paint, LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT should be protected from direct sunlight, dirt and other elements. LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT needs to be stored in a dry location, not directly on the ground, preferably on bearers protected with a waterproof cover. However, allow air circulation from beneath to allow the product to acclimatize (LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT packets are wrapped on four sides and top, leaving the bottom unwrapped). Do not completely seal the bundle.
Properly clean up and dispose of all sawdust and off-cuts after construction by ordinary trash collection.
Health and safety
LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT is safe to use and is suitable for both interior and exterior applications. The active ingredients in the organic treatment are in total less than 0.1%, significantly lower than most other treatment alternatives. However, even though adverse effects on the user of LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT products are extremely unlikely, it is not always possible to anticipate an individual’s sensitivity to the chemicals used. It is important, therefore, to take sensible precautions to minimize exposure to these chemicals when working with LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT.
In particular, we recommend that you:
- Do not use LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT under circumstances where the preservative may contact or become a component of food or animal feed. Examples of such uses would be cutting boards, counter tops, animal bedding, and structures or containers for storing animal feed or human food.
- Do not use LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT for construction of those portions of beehives that may come into contact with honey.
- Always maintain good woodworking practices, and particularly avoid inhalation of sawdust.
- When sawing, sanding and machining LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT, as for any wood product, always wear a class P1 or P2 replaceable filter or disposable half face piece respirator. These operations should be performed outdoors to avoid indoor accumulations of airborne sawdust.
- Launder clothing that has had sawdust accumulate on it prior to reuse. Wash work clothes separately from other household clothing.
- When power-sawing and machining, and in areas with high dust levels, wear goggles to protect eyes from flying particles.
- Wear gloves and protective clothing when working with LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT. After working with LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT, wash exposed skin areas thoroughly before eating, drinking or using tobacco products. Avoid hand-to-mouth contact with soiled hands.
Do not burn LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT, because when burned, the chemicals used may become toxic as part of smoke and ash. In particular, LIFESPAN SOLID SELECT should not be burned in open fires or in stoves, fireplaces or residential boilers. Treated wood may be burned only in commercial or industrial incinerators or boilers in accordance with state and Federal regulations.Read less