CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Viance LLC, a leading and innovative manufacturer of advanced wood protection technologies, has clarified and enhanced its existing Lifetime Limited warranties for residential preservatives, to highlight the acceptable use of Above Ground treated wood products. Recent changes to the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) standards have led to the misconception that all deck framing, including joist and beams, must be treated to Ground Contact retentions; this simply isn't true. The AWPA standards do not require all joists and beams to be treated to Ground Contact (UC4A) retentions, and Above Ground treated wood (UC3B) remains IBC and IRC code compliant for common deck framing applications.
New warranty enhancements include slight variations of the following statement:
Viance warranty coverage includes Above Ground treated wood framing members that are critical to the safety and performance of the structure, including joists and beams.
"The additional language on our warranty demonstrates the confidence that Viance has in the AWPA, and its standards setting process for treated wood" says Tim Schrader, Director of Sales and Marketing. "The recent modifications to the standards language has created confusion in the marketplace with builders, retailers and code officials. Our warranty coverage and warranty exclusions generally have not changed for some time and we strongly believe that wood treated to the AWPA's Above Ground (UC3B) standard and used appropriately, will perform."
Mr. Schrader continues, "As long-time supporters and sponsors of the AWPA, we accept the consensus decisions its member-committees reach when setting standards. Although the adoption of language that references difficulty of maintenance / repair / replacement of critical components in some AWPA standards has been misinterpreted and created confusion, the changes should not have any bearing on the performance expectations and/or warrantability of a product. These enhancements to our warranties clarify our general industry position; Above Ground treated wood, treated to AWPA standards and used properly, should meet customer safety and performance expectations without the need to introduce excessive amounts of chemicals into the environment, or to potentially increase costs unnecessarily."
Please visit www.treatedwood.com for additional product and warranty information.
About Viance LLC:
Viance has a history of innovation and offers wood protection solutions and related products for a broad spectrum of building applications, including residential, industrial/utility and fire-retardants. Its industry-leading, non-copper-based residential preservative; Ecolife™ (EL2), utilizes a proprietary wood-stabilization technology that helps reduce surface cracking/checking by up to 50%, and is IBC and IRC code compliant under the AWPA standards. Viance received the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge award for the development of the ACQ® preservative in the early 2000's. More recent efforts have resulted in an enhanced Copper-Azole (CA-C) concentrate that is stable without agitation, and advancements in color infusion as part of the wood treating process. Their D-Blaze ® pressure-impregnated fire-retardant technology meets stringent Underwriters Laboratories® (UL) FRS ratings for flame spread and smoke generation, aiding in building safety. It also carries a 50-year limited warranty and recently achieved GREENGUARD® Gold Certification for its lack of producing harmful off-gassing.
For more information about Viance treated wood solutions, visit www.treatedwood.com or call 1-800-421-8661. Viance, LLC., 8001 IBM Drive, Charlotte, NC 28262
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