Protecting timber in cold temperatures

Our timber structures and furnishings will need extra care during the winter months. Timber, a natural and versatile material, is susceptible to damage from cold temperatures and the accompanying moisture. Protecting your timber during the cooler, harsher months is vital to ensure its health and appearance. In the following post, we cover some essential tips on how to protect timber in cold temperatures.

Perform regular maintenance checks: Regularly inspect your timber structures and furnishings for signs of damage, such as cracking, splitting, or warping. When you find these issues early on, you can prevent more serious damage and costly repairs in the future. If you do find any problems, make sure to deal with them in a timely manner.

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Keep wood furnishings away from heat sources: Keeping timber furniture away from direct heat sources is crucial for maintaining its durability and aesthetic appeal. Exposure to intense heat, such as from radiators, fireplaces, or heating vents, can cause wood to dry out, leading to warping, cracking, and splitting. These changes compromise the structural integrity of the piece. Wood is hygroscopic, meaning it naturally absorbs and releases moisture from the air. When timber is placed near heat, this process is accelerated, resulting in uneven expansion and contraction which can weaken joints and veneers. Prolonged exposure to heat can also fade the finish of your wood, changing its colour and sheen.

Apply a protective coating to your timber surfaces: It’s always wise to apply a high-quality treatment or sealant to your outdoor timber structures, like decks, fences, and garden furniture. It is also a good idea to protect your indoor wood furnishings, especially those in high traffic areas or that may be prone to moisture and heat. Your wooden flooring should always be protected with a high quality floor varnish. These products act as a barrier, repelling moisture and protecting the wood from the elements. Ensure your chosen formulation is suitable for the type of timber and the climatic conditions in your area. Sadolin Quick Drying Wood Preserver is an ideal preservative treatment for both interior and exterior bare and new timber that offers a fast drying alternative that allows all surfaces to be over-coated in 24 hours. It may be applied either by brushing or dipping.

Control your humidity levels indoors: In your home, try to maintain a consistent level of humidity to prevent the indoor timber from drying out and cracking, or from swelling in wetter environments. Humidifiers can help add moisture to the air, while dehumidifiers can be used in overly damp conditions.

Clean your timber carefully: Avoid using harsh chemicals or excessive water to clean timber surfaces, as these can strip away protective oils and sealants. Instead, opt for gentle, wood-specific cleaners and wipe down surfaces with a dry or slightly damp cloth.

Store your outdoor timber furniture properly: If possible, store your outdoor timber furniture in a shed or garage during the winter months. If storage space is limited, cover the furniture with breathable, waterproof covers to protect it from snow, rain, and extreme cold.

Timber is a durable material that can last for many years if properly cared for, especially during the harsh winter months. By understanding the challenges posed by cold temperatures and moisture, and taking proactive steps to protect and maintain your timber, you can ensure its longevity and preserve its natural beauty. For everything you need to protect and beautify your timber year-round, call into your local Sadolin stockist.


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