Care of timber products
Timber is a natural product, which is not only attractive but extremely versatile to work with. It’s no surprise that despite many other materials being available, timber remains popular. By following some basic guidelines and ongoing care, timber joinery, mouldings, turnings and other renovation products will provide many years of faithful service.
It is important the renovation product you are purchasing is suitable for the intended end use. Please ask our sales personnel for advice before placing your order if you are unsure about the best product for your particular application.
Mouldings, turnings and other timber renovation products
All mouldings and timber products should always be stored in a dry, ventilated environment away from direct sunlight. Mouldings should also be stored off the ground on a level surface.
Exterior Joinery – For all exterior joinery, we recommend purchasing products that have been factory primed/sealed. Use only premium quality oil –based alkyd primers and sealers. Within four weeks of receiving your joinery, you will need to apply a minimum of two successive coats (preferably oil-based enamel) to all primed surfaces, paying special attention to all ‘end grain’ surfaces. (These are usually the tops and bottoms of doors & window sashes). End grain areas are where a large percentage of moisture uptake occurs and can cause the most common problems e.g. Swelling, Shrinkage and joint failure.
Mouldings, Turnings & Other Timber Renovations Products –For all mouldings, turnings and other timber products, prime or seal all six surfaces of the product immediately upon reaching site.
Then continue with the procedures outlined above for exterior joinery products. All cuts should be sealed prior to installation.
For LOSP treated products that are for exterior use, Cuts will need an application of a timber preservative such as ‘metelex’.
The aforementioned guidelines should also be followed for stain quality products.
Exterior wood stains permeate the surface and work primarily by shedding liquid water from a water repellent surface. As a result, they perform best on vertical surfaces. When used on near horizontal surfaces they can be less effective and have a shorter life.
For exterior use, softwoods such as Radiata Pine require treatment with a preservative. Furthermore, different applications require different levels of treatment. All products that include ‘T’ within the code’s suffix are treated.
LOSP H3.1 Treated products will only accept an oil based alkyd primer. Acrylic based primers will not fully adhere to the solvent-based LOSP treatment. Successive. Top coats may be acrylic or water based paints.
If you are unsure of the treatment value of your product, please ask us prior to priming.
All bungalow and Villa Products require installation by suitably qualified personnel. Incorrect installation will result in a disappointing and poor performance, together with an overall shortened life expectance of the product.