AFTERCARE

OUR TIMBER

All of our products at the Garden Village have been carefully handcrafted by our team of highly skilled tradesmen. With all of the care and attention that we place into our products, we want to ensure that our customers get the most out of them. Our products are manufactured from the highest quality of timber, however, as this is a natural product, it is often susceptible to changes in weather conditions. We often see this as the seasons change, for example, moving from winter into spring and from autumn back into winter. The changes in outside temperatures can cause the timber to react, in some cases expand or swell in the colder, wetter seasons and shrink or contract, in the warmer, dryer seasons. This is a natural process and will not affect the structure of your product.

PRESSURE TREATMENT

At the Garden Village we only use pressure treated timber which is the most effective method for safeguarding against water, fungal decay and insects. This does not mean pressure treated timber is ‘waterproof’ nor will it prevent the natural swelling and shrinkage throughout the seasons but, it is suitable for life outdoors in all weathers. Timber that has been left untreated deteriorates at a much faster rate than timber that has been treated. The process of preserving and protecting the timber includes placing the timber into a vacuum chamber which removes all of the moisture from the pours within. Once this process has been completed, the vacuum then forces chemical preservatives into the timber. The timber then goes through a ‘drying out’ period, taking approximately six months. We recommend waiting to paint our products until after this time, which allows the core of the timber to reach its full strength.

PAINT & FURTHER TREATMENT

Wood preservatives and treatments can add colour or shine to the surface of your product and can also protect against UV exposure, fungal decay, wear and tear. The Garden Village have recently partnered with Protek, a family owned, UK manufacturing business, based in Somerset. As a result of our partnership, we now offer the Royal Exterior Superior Wood Finish, a hard-wearing, water repellent timber treatment offering all year-round weather protection, as well as mould inhibitor which protects the coating. Preparation is the key to a great result and to ensure that all of our customers get the best results we have an easy step by step guide for you to follow:

  • Step 1

Ensure that the timber is clean and fully dry. Surfaces should be cleaned with warm water, detergent and a stiff brush. Make sure that all mould or algae is removed and rinse well. Ensure that timber is fully dry. For best results previous treatments should be removed or well weathered. No base-coat or primer required but if applying to bare timber a knotting agent or anti-stain-blocking primer should be used prior to application to prevent possible resin bleed.

  • Step 2

If the treated timber is cut, notched or drilled it is recommended that an effective cut end treatment is applied, failure to do so may reduce the effectiveness of the pressure treatment.

  • Step 3

Apply 2 – 3 coats of the Royal Exterior Superior Wood Finish using a brush, roller or low-pressure spray gun. Allow approximately 2-4 hours before applying the 2nd coat, if conditions are clear and dry. Drying time will be far longer in colder conditions.