When it comes to performing well outdoors, all year long, all woods are not created equally. In fact, out of the hundreds of options available, there are only a few that are durable enough to withstand drenching rains or even the harsh sun’s rays. If you want to ensure your outdoor furniture can withstand the ravages of nature for the long term, even in balmy or mild climates, you need to ensure you select a wood that has some level of resistance to insect infestation and rot.
How Wood Resists Rot
There are two general ways that wood is able to resist rot. There are chemical compounds that offer a rot-resistance solutions. Woods such as cedar, cypress and redwood have these compounds in them naturally, causing bacteria, bugs and other decomposition agents to avoid them and find meals somewhere else.
The second type of rot resistance is physical barriers. Woods including black locust and white oak have a feature referred to as tyloses that fill up the wood pores, preventing the penetration of moisture and creatures that cause decay from getting in.
Taking Care of the Wood
If wood is used for outside furniture that is not finished, it will typically turn to a nice looking gray or silver as the years pass. With a light sanding using 150 or 180 grit sandpaper any fuzzy grain caused by snow or rail will be eliminated and larger fibers that may cause splinters can also be gotten rid of. However, it is essential for the sander to not become overzealous, since you don’t want to remove all the silver, since this will eliminate the natural patina the wood has developed over the years. It is a good idea to use an oil finish on the furniture once a year, then provide a coat of whatever is recommended by the manufacturer of the oil. Visit here to get more information.
Protecting the Investment
When you find Timber Supplies in Exeter for creation of your outside furniture, it is essential to find ways to protect your investment. Items such as furniture covers can help to prolong the life of your outside furniture and keep the surface smooth, clean and able to be used when the warmer months return. For metal furniture or painted wood, covers will also help to minimize the yearly maintenance that is necessary to keep it in good repair.
If you need Timber Supplies in Exeter, contact the professionals at Blamphayne Sawmills Ltd today. They will be pleased to help.