Maintenance

1. WHAT MATERIAL YOU HAVE USED ON THE PRODUCT (HARDWOOD OR SOFTWOOD)

By choosing the right timber you can save yourself a lot of trouble and time on maintenance. Softer timbers wear and tear much quicker due to the exposed elements of nature, such as rain and sun. Hardwoods are more durable and suited and have a much longer life span. Most hardwoods are not treated and don’t need to be treated and won’t rot. That’s the beauty of a hardwood. Before any timber arrives in this country it has been fumigated and free of any termites and insects.

2. WHETHER YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAINTAIN THE COLOUR OF YOU TIMBER

Some people love the colour of timber and prefer to keep it that way. This is when the maintenance begins. The UV rays in the sunlight will oxidise any timber to a grey colour. To prevent the timber from oxidising one needs to protect it with a product with a UV protector such as a varnish or oil. Depended on the product one would have to apply it as per the instructions which could be anything from once every 2 years to twice every year.

3. WHETHER YOU HAVE GONE FOR A PAINTED, VARNISHED OR OILED FINISH.

The finish will have a major role to play in the maintaining of a product. Our experience in using varnishes is that you get a much longer life span from it than the oils depending on the product. The reason for this is that the UV protection is much stronger in a varnish than oil and it also seals the timber much better. Varnishes would mainly be used on areas with no traffic such as pergolas, screens and balustrade. Oil on the other hand is a much easier product to work with and can usually be applied with a cloth in a fraction of the time compare to varnish. It also does not peel and flake and requires no sanding which makes maintenance a pleasure. Anyone can do it. Oils are mainly used on timber decks where there is wear and tear and traffic. Generally one would have to apply 2 coats a year depended on the product. Painting of pergola’s and balustrade is always a big maintenance headache and requires a more rigid and time consuming approach.

4. WHETHER YOU JUST PREFER FOR THE TIMBER TO OXIDISE (SILVER COLOUR DUE TO UV RAYS)

Believe it or not you never have to maintain or protect the hardwoods that we use, ever. It means that there is no maintenance what so ever. Many clients choose this option. By not protecting it with a varnish or oil you are not compromising the strength or durability of the timber but only the colour. As we said before any timber will oxidise to a silver grey if not treated. It really makes a lot of sense to just leave it and to let it weather naturally. Timber decks, pergola’s, balustrade and screens can all be left to oxidise.

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5. LOCATION OF PRODUCT (WHETHER COASTAL OR INLAND)

Once again a product closer to the beach will be more exposed to the extreme elements of nature which will have an impact on the maintenance. This is why if you can live with a grey weathered pergola or timber deck, we would strongly recommend it.