March 23, 2016
Recently the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) has approved modifications to their use category system. The changes address the exact uses of pressure treated lumber in above ground and ground contact applications. As a result of these changes, on or about July 15th, 2016 the wood treating industry will be mandated to change retention levels of certain product lines going forward. These use category changes will also affect building codes as they reference the AWPA system for proper use of treated building materials.
In light of these changes, Cox Industries will begin to move away from above ground retentions on 2” x 8” (nominal) and wider dimensions to ground contact retentions only effective April 1, 2016. We anticipate that it will take our facilities approximately 15 days to fully replenish all of the affected items to the new required retention levels.
In the interim, Cox will continue to stand behind all of our products that are affected and will continue to offer warranties on these items as has always been the case; provided that they are used in the proper and prescribed manner.
While several producers across the South have already begun to make the move to carry only ground contact retentions on all products, Cox feels that this move to be somewhat rash and over reactive in nature and is not warranted on many decking and related products in use today. Our current chemical formulations have performed superbly over more than a decade and continue to provide excellent results when used in the proper applications. Based on our own data and supporting documentation, Cox is finalizing the details of a new “Premium Warranty Program” for our dealers to ensure that any concerns are clearly addressed moving forward. This program is a first in the industry and offers both the consumer and the retailer a comprehensive warranty that not only covers materials, but will now offer coverage of both labor and fasteners as well.
Your account manager will be contacting you in the next few weeks to better define and lay out our new warranty but, as always, rest assured that Cox Industries will continue to deliver better ideas and better wood to keep you on the leading edge of today’s market conditions.