With springtime just around the corner, a cold winter has left people excited for warmer weather to arrive. A change in season means a perfect excuse to explore the garden to plan improvements or deal with maintenance tasks such as correct timber treatment methods caused by a cold winter.

If you’re installing decking, buying a new bench for the garden, or just making sure the shed is up to scratch, ready for hours of fun spent in your garden. The condition of your wood is hugely important, and correct treatment goes a long way into how long it lasts.

Prolonged exposure to the elements puts wooden structures at risk. A threat of rot, woodworm or fungi causing serious damage comes with badly maintained wood. While repairing a damaged wooden structure is an unwanted cost for a preventable issue.

Timber Preservation Methods

For treating wood, most people will use one of the two below timber treatment methods depending on the wood used. Existing structures are also treated differently to pre-project timber; this comes down to the age, construction and wear of the wood.

Exterior Coating

A good exterior coating is vital for any structure with direct exposure to the varied weather Britain provides. The right coat for your timber will give resistance to rain, wind, humidity and the Sun’s UV rays. Exterior coats are applied through either paint or spray; and deciding which is best for you boils down to several factors.

Painting wood is a preferred method by many due to a lower cost of brushes compared to a sprayer. Painting also gives a better control and more even finish than a spray coat. Applying paint is suited to smaller surfaces such as small fencing, chairs, tables, benches and wooden window frames. This can be more time consuming on large surfaces when applying multiple coats.

Spraying wood is a much faster treatment than painting, covering a large surface area in little time. This quick and easy method is a preferred choice as it leaves a smooth, satisfactory result in one coat. Better suited for large surfaces such as large fencing, sheds and decking. Long preparation time and increased paint usage are among the issues with spraying, along with applying in adverse weather as windy conditions can prove to apply a suitable coat.

Penetrative Treatment

While surfaces directly facing the elements need a coat, any which aren’t exposed still require treating. Using a penetrative treatment works best in this situation as the treatment is soaked into the wood, offering a deep protection to the surface grain. Penetrative treatments come in the form of oils, wax or varnishes.

If you have any application specific queries about timber treatment methods, please feel free to get in touch.