Pressure treated VS Dip treated timber

There are two main types of treatment that are commonly used for timber fence panels – dip treated and pressure treated. Both of these treatments are effective but what is the difference?


Dip treatment is when the panels are immersed in a bath of treatment then removed and left to dry.
This process adds a much darker brown colour however because it doesn’t soak right into the timber it will fade over time.
This treatment protects the timber against insects and fungal decay yet won’t last quite as long as pressure-treated and may require additional applications of preservative to give it the longest life possible.
This process does however come with potential inconsistencies in colour so we cannot guarentee that our Brown panels will match perfectly with the colour on our webste.


Pressure treated timber forces preservatives into the timber. The process involves sealing untreated timber into a tank, extracting air (which creates a vacuum) which forces the treatment deep into the wood. The tank is then emptied of chemicals and the timber is left to dry. The preservatives, like those in dip treatment, are higly effective against fungus and infestation of insects. Pressure-treated timber will last longer than dip treated so is slightly more expensive.


 If you would like to know more about our fence panels, please get in touch with us at our office. Our staff can go through the benefits of each treatment and can recommend the best way to preserve your fence so it can last as long as possible.