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Preparing Our Wood For Winter

Preparing Our Wood For Winter

Posted by Florence Jackson on 8th Mar 2018

Wood is a beautiful, sustainable and versatile material which is ideal for use both indoors and outdoors. It is the oldest and most reliable building material used by man and as a result deserves a bit of respect. Before the winter comes around again, it is now time to protect our untreated timber. Wood can be long-lasting when it is properly maintained, with some structures having lasted over several centuries. By taking the time to protect our timber, in turn are rewarded by its enhanced natural beauty for many years to come.

There are a few ways that the cold weather can affect the woodwork inside our homes. When the weather turns frosty over the winter months, we tend to keep the windows and doors shut and turn up the heating for longer periods of time. As a result, the air can dry out which can cause cracking and shrinking in the interior woodwork, especially near radiators and vents. If the wood has been properly treated beforehand and by keeping our windows slightly ajar, we can minimise the risk of this happening.

While the same principles apply to exterior woodwork, it is typically more exposed to the harsher elements than interior timber. It is important to treat exterior wood as soon as possible as it is more vulnerable to moisture damage. While it is impossible to stop the movement of moisture completely, there are a few ways of slowing down the process. Placement can create a significant difference in how exposed the wood is to the elements, these effects can be reduced if it is kept away from areas with large quantities of water or that receive regular bouts of rainfall and heavy winds.

One of our tried and trusted brands that strive to prevent these problems is Treatex. They are best known for their high quality wood finishes that can enhance the natural beauty of the timber whilst protecting it from damage. When looking to add a hint of colour to woodwork (especially when thinking of ways to brighten up your garden over the winter months)The Classic Colour Collection is a high quality opaque wood finish that is ideal for doors, windows, fences, sheds, cladding, kitchen cabinets and anything you would like to make a little more vibrant. The Classic Colour Collection has been tested in extreme weather conditions from mountains to coastlines. The product is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use and comes in a wide selection of elegant colours. If you’re feeling a little more creative, you can combine the different colours to create our own unique blend, whether it is a slightly deeper Midnight Blue or an even richer Burgundy!

We always test our products to give the best advice possible to our customers and the Classic Colour Collection was no different. If you come to visit us at Parc Teifi you can view the panels above the shop entrance where we tried out all the different shades so that you can see for yourself why we rate it so highly. The finish glides on evenly and smoothly and the range of colours definitely lives up to its Classic title. If you are still unsure about which colour you prefer, we offer 50ml sample testers in store and online.

If you would like to find out more, please head to our website at where you can order online or come and visit us in the shop!