Q and A

We are always asked the questions regarding the treatment of all the wooden products that we do :

Isn’t wooden products a high maintenance job?

It should not be a great deal of work if the job has been done right from the start. Some construction contractors and so called carpenters throughout the years in this industry has installed the wooden products to the best of there ability ,but left out the most important part of the job regarding protection or treatment of the  particular product say for instance a door that was installed. It is to protect the top and bottom of the door panel. These areas are always over looked and will never get the nourishment that wood require as we always say that your wood is or should be still alive. Have you ever seen a door where the outside is still intact but the core is completely rotten? this is the very reason the door or window or and wooden product will rot is the fact that it is never treated on the top and bottom or sides for that matter.In order to prevent this from happening is to remove the “door” and seal it from the bottom and the top  and make sure that the grain of the wood has obsorbed enough of the treatment product used to seal it of from any moisture that can possibly penetrate and cause damage.

How many times do we have to do treatments ?

It is a recommendation that the treatment should be done twice a year just before winter as this is the time with the change in weather that causes the product to dry out after the rainy season and will cause the product to contract. The wood is still “alive” and will need some moisture to give it life or nourishment. The product will also appear to be dull. Thus indicating and craving a treatment.

The other occasion will be just before the rainy season starts where the wood needs to be protected from excessive water caused by the rain and in some cases irrigation systems running close to the dwelling.

Which is better to use varnish or oil based products ?

Some customers has there own opinion on there particular brand and will live by it and this is perfectly fine. However if we can just think for a moment on the technical side of things “wood speaking” Wood is still a living organism and if you seal it of completely with varnish or paint it cannot breath(contract and expand)

The varnish in some cases starts to crack and chip away with the harsh summer temperatures and strong uv .This gives way for water to pennatrate and causes the wood to rot from the inside out , ants in turn like the moist area’s and will start eating and carry away the rotten wood to there nesting site.

Wood is such a wonderful product to use to increase the value of your home  and nothing is more important than to make wood look even better by applying a fresh coat of oil.