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C & Better Clear grade is the ultimate Southern Yellow Pine decking product. It is produced to the highest manufacturing with virtually no knots, bark pockets or other irregularities.
C & Better Clear grade is kiln dried then pressure treated and re-dried after treatment to ensure dimensional stability and minimal shrinkage after installation.
Why Use Southern Yellow Pine?
Southern Yellow Pine grows in a vast band across the Southern United States, from East Texas to Virginia. With a warm, natural look it blends beautifully with any landscape and offers one of the best defences against decay.
It has a proven track record of more than 75 years, and being one of the hardest and strongest pines in the world makes it an excellent choice for outdoor projects.
Southern Yellow Pine decking provides a warm, natural look that blends beautifully with the landscape. It is an aesthetically beautiful timber with an attractive honey colour and a distinctive grain pattern.
Southern Yellow Pine reacts exceptionally well to being pressure treated. The unique cellular structure of Southern Yellow Pine permits deep, uniform penetration of wood preservatives, unlike many other timbers that only allow limited penetration of the preservative. This makes treating the exposed ends of sawn timber unnecessary and gives the timber a long service life, even in the British climate.
Sustainable forestry practices ensure that the supply of Southern Yellow Pine will be maintained for future generations. Trees cover about a third of the entire United States and are more plentiful now than they were 75 years ago. In addition, over four million trees are planted every day in America and more are grown each year than are harvested or lost to disease, insects and fire.
The forests of the south are often called "America's Woodbasket." Here are just a few of the many reasons why:
- 214 million acres of the United States' forestland is in the south.
- The south produces 15.8% of the world's timber production, and 58% of the timber production in the United States.
- By volume, the most abundant southern softwood species is Southern Yellow Pine making up one-third of the total inventory.
- Annually, softwood harvests total 6 billion cubic feet or 420 million tons of sawlogs, pulpwood, and other industrial roundwood products.
- Each year, southern landowners plant one billion seedlings. Following annual harvests, 3.3 million acres are reforested.
- 89% of southern forests are privately owned; 11% are managed by government agencies.
Southern Yellow Pine's high density means that it offers excellent wear resistance making it ideal for decks with high foot traffic.
Southern Yellow Pine is the strongest structural softwood species for engineered and framing applications.
A wide range of sizes of Southern Yellow Pine are available from stock. The design possibilities are endless but a few project ideas to get you started include decks, railing, fences, pergolas, benches and planters. Southern Yellow Pine decks are easy to install requiring only basic tools and skills.
1m2 = 7.14 metres of board
The vast majority of Southern Yellow Pine decking is sold in the North American market where it is the most popular pressure treated wood species. The grading of Southern Yellow Pine is rather complicated due to fact that it has such a wide variety of end uses, ranging from structural applications to internal flooring and mouldings.
The most common grades of Southern Yellow Pine decking are called ‘Premium’ and ‘Standard.’ It could be reasonably assumed from its name that ‘Premium’ is the highest grade of decking; however C & Better grade is of a higher quality as it contains considerably fewer knots and other natural characteristics.
C & Better (C&Btr) grade Southern Yellow Pine decking offers a virtually knot free appearance at a very reasonable price. Only occasional small tight knots and very limited natural characteristics are permitted, therefore the overall appearance is of a high quality. The term ‘C & Better’ means just that; you will receive a product that is ‘C’ grade or better.
The following grade descriptions are based on SPIB (Southern Pine Inspection Bureau) grading rules:
Highest recognized grade of Finish. Generally clear, although a
limited number of pin knots are permitted. Finest quality for natural
or stain finish.
Excellent for painting or natural finish where requirements are less exacting. Reasonably clear, but permits limited number of surface checks and small tight knots.
Combination for B&B and C grades; satisfies requirements for
Economical, serviceable grade for natural or painted finish.
Sustainable forestry practices ensure that the supply of Southern Yellow Pine will be maintained for future generations. Trees cover about a third of the entire United States and are more plentiful now than they were 75 years ago. In addition, over four million trees are planted every day in America and more are grown every year than are harvested or lost to disease, insects and fire.