Here are a few useful tips to enable you to get the most out of your timber product, whether it be a shed, fencing, trellis, play unit or furniture. By doing so, you will protect your timber product and effectively extend its lifespan.
Softwood is a natural product that can twist or warp through changes in climatic conditions. To minimise this, Timbertrove products should always be sited on firm and level ground that is away from areas where water collects.
During the treatment process, some grain may be raised – you can enhance your product by a little fine sanding of any raised edges.
Changes in weather may cause fixings to loosen but these can be tightened up as needed.
Green marking may become visible as it dries following pressure treatment. It will fade over time and does not affect the performance of the product.
To keep softwood products in good condition, wash down surfaces regularly with a wood- cleaning product.
Pressure treated products will gradually weather in colour, first to a honey brown and eventually to a silver grey. This does not indicate any loss of preservative protection.
Pressure Treated products should not receive any further treatment until the timber is completely dry, as this could cause the timber to warp or split.
A quality wood stain or paint can also be used to add colour to your timber product. Apply the wood stain or paint in dry weather & to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Maintenance of any coating should be carried out each year, or sooner if needed. A quick clean with soapy water or wood cleaner, and a new coat of wood stain will keep your timber product looking great.
When applying a wood stain pay attention to horizontal surfaces & areas that could collect water. Horizontal planes wear quicker, whereas vertical surfaces can last longer before a fresh coat is needed.
Pressure treatment on our sheds is designed to help protect against rot & insect attack and to give the wood an extended and low maintenance life. The treatment is not intended to act as a waterproofing and so water may permeate the product. A breathable membrane on the inside of the shed may during times of extreme rain show up wet patches as a result of water permeating the product. Adding a coat of Protek wood stain can help seal the product & act as a water repellent.