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?
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.