LESLIE: Karen in New Jersey wants to talk decks. How can we help you?
KAREN: I have heard that BluWood is a green product and environment-friendly but I didn’t know if it was cost effective and what’s its composition.
TOM: Karen, BluWood is fairly new on the market. It’s been getting a bit of buzz. It was featured on an edition, not too long ago, of Extreme Home Makeover. It’s basically a product that is supposed to be environmentally friendly; it’s …
LESLIE: Well, it’s like a treatment process, correct?
TOM: It’s a treatment process and it has some of the green certifications. In terms of how long it lasts, the warranty is – what? – 30 years, Leslie?
LESLIE: Mm-hmm, 30 years they’re saying.
TOM: But we don’t know, of course, if it’s going to be around 30 years because it’s a brand new product. Whether it’s cost effective or not is going to depend on that, but it does seem to be a pretty popular alternative now. It seems to have a growing audience. So it’s something you may want to consider and certainly price against the more traditional treated products.
LESLIE: And it’s a process than can be done to a variety of different types of building materials from oriented strand board (ph) to pine to all different kinds of things used for rafters and joists and sheathing and then for decking and for steps and for railings. So it’s a coating that’s applied to a variety of types of lumber.
KAREN: Yeah, I had heard that it’s not friendly to insects.
TOM: Yeah, it’s designed to protect against mold, rot, as well as insects. So I think that you’re going to start seeing more and more technologies that are like this as we get increasingly concerned about the impact of, especially, mold on our homes.
KAREN: OK. Alright, well I thank you very much.
TOM: You’re welcome, Karen. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.