Part 1 Types of Timber Finishes
Caring for your outdoor timber products is often a daunting task to some as they have never had to do it, so of course have no experience. In reality though keeping your timber products looking as new is quite a simple task.
Here at Gazebos Galore we want your gazebo or other outdoor timber products to stay in tip top shape so you can enjoy them for many years to come. Simply follow this timber care series and it will help you maintain your outdoor timber furnishings and features for years to come.
Oiled & Stained Timber Surfaces
Both oils and stains have their own distinct advantages. What differentiates timber oils from stains is that a timber stain will change or improve the appearance of the timber by changing the timber colour; while oiling timber will enhance the current colour if you are wanting to leave the timber the colour it is. Oiling or staining should be repeated every 6 months or so to maintain its finish (depending on the amount of exposure to the weather).
Painted Timber Surfaces
Many people prefer their timber to be painted so it matches in with their home. This shouldn’t be the only consideration. Paint like stain and oils has its own advantages and disadvantages. One disadvantage is cost. Painting timber costs more than oiling or staining, but does last longer. Painting is good for vertical surfaces and can last approximately 6 years Before refinishing is needed. On horizontal surfaces like decks paint will not fair as well as stains or oil as they are not designed to cope with a lot of wear like foot traffic can inflict on them.
Raw Timber Surfaces
Timber can but just left raw to age. Some people do prefer this look. The timber will grey and crack over time which in itself does add character. Just don’t expect raw timber to last as many years as painted or stained timber.
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