As the days get warmer in May and summer is just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about preparing the outside of your home for the coming season. Exterior wood often needs a little extra care to keep it looking and functioning at its best for the coming months. So today we bring you some tips on how to prepare your exterior wood for the summer and then the winter.
Repairing wood damage after assessment
The first step is to check the exterior wood to see if there is any damage to the structure of the material. You should make sure that larger structures or sheds and fences are sound. It is possible, and we recommend, that for wooden structures and fences, you contact our wood treatment specialists.
If you see that the wood is splintered or slightly damaged, you can use some wood filler. Obviously, depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to replace the section.
Strengthen new wood with a wood preservative.
For wooden furniture you have outside, if it is new or ‘bare’ wood it may have suffered during the previous colder, rainier months. Now it is time to protect the wood of this furniture. Here we recommend that you use a quick-drying wood preservative, which is a water-based preservative treatment ideal for exterior wood. This product is made for new and bare wood and resists fungal decay and surface mould. It can be applied by brush or dip applied, and dries to the touch in 2 hours.
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Gently clean wood where it is most needed
Exterior wood, such as garden furniture, benefits from a gentle cleaning to prepare it for subsequent treatments to help it look its best and keep the wood healthier. Dirt can accumulate and cause damage to the wood (in addition to the aesthetic and visual damage they give to our garden). This step is best done with a soft, damp cloth and a little soapy water.
Giving the exterior wood a coat of paint
For wooden outdoor furniture you can give it a coat of paint that offers protection to the wood, and in this way you will not only protect it, but it will also look new and cared for. For this process you will need one type of product or another depending on what you want to treat. You will not use the same product for garden furniture as for a wooden fence or a shed. This is why we always recommend that you speak to experts in the field for the larger and more important wooden surfaces in your home.