Maintaining Pressure Treated Timber
When it comes to investing in garden furniture, whether it’s new fencing or decking to garden storage, then you’re probably thinking why you should invest in products manufactured from wood. The most popular choice is pressure treated timber, given it is likely to last longer. However, pressure treated wood is only durable in the long term if treated properly, and since we want it to be a long term investment it’s essential to know how to care for your new garden storage, wheelie bin store or log store.
What is Pressure Treated Wood?
Shopping around for furniture you’ll see that you have a choice between treated and untreated wood. Untreated wood is exactly what it sounds like, fresh new wood. On the other hand, pressure treated wood goes through a process in order to make the timber last much longer than untreated. The pressure treatment processes involves using a high-pressure tank to force the preservative chemicals deep inside the wood, completely saturating it. This makes the wood much more durable and able to withstand damage and exposure to moisture.
The benefits of treating the timber it the protection it provides against the damp, and given our very British weather this is very important, as it allows you to leave the pressure treated outside. Secondly, the chemicals that are used in the preservative also provide protection against insects.
Do I Need To Treat The Wood Further?
Like anything a little extra care can go along away, ensuring your products last longer. So although pressure treated timber is a sound choice in the fact it’s long lasting and durable given the pressure treatment it doesn’t protect the wood itself against weathering, hence its important to treat the wood yourself every so often.
How Can I Maintain My product?
When its come to care and maintenance of pressure treated wood you have a number options:
Sealer: An oil based treatment, a sealer will give you the greatest level of protection and should be applied as soon as possible and then reapplied once a year. Look out for sealers with UV protection, since these will help protect your furniture against the sun.
Paint: One of the most common treatments, if you prefer to paint then it’s important to first use a sealer and remember to check the instructions on the sealer you choose as it will advise on how long you need to wait before painting. Tip: Use a good oil based primer first to undercoat and then add several coats of latex topcoat.
Stain: Opting for this method will colour the wood unlike a sealer. Stain can either be oil or latex based and you can use either. Staining your timber will not only make it look nicer but a good quality stain should include a water repellent and UV protection, increasing the life of your furniture even more. Tip: Ensure your wood is dry as stain can only be painted onto dry wood for maximum effect.