NatureWood® (ACQ) &
Fastener and Hardware Information
Use corrosion-resistant fasteners - NatureWood® preserved wood products are designed for long-term performance in outdoor applications and, therefore, require high quality, corrosion-resistant nails, screws, and hardware.
Fasteners (and other metal products) for use with NatureWood® preserved wood products include:
- Hot-Dip Galvanized* (The minimum standard)
Fastener, hardware and metal product manufacturers have suggested the minimum Hot-Dip Galvanized requirements for use with treated wood should conform to the following ASTM Standards: ASTM-A153 (for Hot-Dip fastener products) and ASTM-A 653 (Coating Designation G-185 for Hot-Dip connector and sheet products).
- Stainless Steel
Stainless steel fasteners and connectors are required for permanent wood foundations below grade and are recommended for use with treated wood in other severe exterior applications such as swimming pools, salt water exposure, etc. - Type 304 and 316 are the recommended grades to use.
- Other fasteners, hardware or any metal product as recommended by the manufacturer
There may be additional products (other than stainless steel or hot-dip galvanized) which are suitable for use with NatureWood® treated wood. Please consult with the individual fastener, hardware, or metal product manufacturer for recommendations for use of their products with NatureWood® treated wood.
- Aluminum should not be used in direct contact with NatureWood® treated wood
Spacer materials or other physical barriers are recommended to prevent direct contact of NatureWood treated wood and aluminum products. When using NatureWood® preserved wood in close proximity to aluminum products, such as aluminum siding, flashing, furniture, and door and window frames, a 1/4” minimum spacing must be allowed for between the NatureWood® and the aluminum products. Another option is to use a polyethylene barrier, with a minimum thickness of 10 mils, between the NatureWood® preserved wood and the aluminum product to prevent direct contact of the wood and the aluminum. Certain adhesives add extra holding power. Apply adhesives in accordance with manufacturer’s directions.
* Electroplated galvanized fastener and metal products are typically not accepted by the building codes for use in exterior applications, regardless of the type of wood used.