Most growth in demand for wood preservatives in the U.S. over the next decade will be due to higher levels of preservative loading in decking and other uses closely associated with residential construction, according to Wood Preservative Market in the US, a new study from the Cleveland-based industry research firm The Freedonia Group. This study presents historical demand data (2005, 2010, and 2015) and forecasts (2020 and 2025) by product (micronized copper azole, chromated copper arsenate, creosote, borates, pentachlorophenol, and others), application (decking, railway products, utility products, and marine piling), and market (residential building construction, nonresidential building construction, and nonbuilding construction). While demand for wood preservatives in decking is projected to increase 12% annually through 2020 to $300 million, overall preservative industry growth will be tempered somewhat by a decline in railway tie production, depressing demand for the preservatives used to treat them, particularly creosote. Total U.S. demand for wood preservatives is forecast to rise 6.6% to $860 million in 2020.

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