During the winter months, the cold and wet weather can have a disastrous effect on your external timber. Being a natural material it will react to its surroundings. If left exposed to the elements and untreated, you might find yourself faced with damages. If like most you are keen to avoid having to fork out on hefty repairs, now’s the time to think about weatherproofing your timber.

Moisture and mould

One of the main causes of rot is moisture and mould. Once your timber has been affected by one or both it can be tricky to reverse the damage. Therefore it is important to take preventative measures to help nip it in the bud.

Luckily for you, future proofing timber can be achieved in four easy steps and we’re going to show you how:

Step 1: prepare and clean

Before applying any paint be sure to clean your timber with a none abrasive sponge or brush. If there is any peeling or chipped paint, you should also consider lightly sanding those areas. Be sure to wipe away any dust and residue. Then using warm water and soap, wash away any dirt or mould, and wait for your timber to dry.

Step 2: inspect and repair

Once your timber has been washed and dried. Inspect the wood for any holes or surface damage and if needed fill them in where necessary.

Step 3: Choosing the right paint for you

There’s a huge variety of waterproof wood paint, and ultimately they don’t differ too much in quality. However, our personal favourite is the Ronseal 10 Year Weatherproof Wood Paint, they’ve even provided a handy application guide to help you get the best results. But do your research to ensure that you are able to find the best paint that suits your requirements.

Step 4: waterproof and seal

Once step one to three have been completed you are now ready to apply the waterproof coating. Paint liberally to ensure that you cover every nook and cranny.

We would advise that to keep your timber protected all year round that you should conduct regular seasonal inspections and be sure to repeat this process annually. Although this may seem time-consuming in the short term, in the long term it will put you in good stead and will save you a fortune in repairs.

We hope that you enjoyed reading this article, and you have any questions or would like to discuss any upcoming project, get in touch today.

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