why does timber fade and peel so quickly?

This door has just had its 3 year re-coating

Are you at the planning stages of renovating and are considering using timber. If so, you are not alone, as timber is very popular. Timber has a natural and warm aesthetic appeal that can add a touch of beauty, charm and character to a new build. It is used in various forms, such as exposed beams, wooden walls, ceilings, and flooring, to create a visually appealing and inviting atmosphere.

But, it’s not just about the aesthetics, timber is considered a renewable and sustainable building material as it is sourced from forest that can be responsibly managed and replenished. It has lower carbon footprint compared to other construction materials, such as concrete or steel, as trees absorb carbon dioxide during their growth, and timber can store carbon throughout it’s lifetime, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

You will see timber in use in many local renovations and new builds and will probably notice that after not too long it begins to fade and peel and look pretty average. So much time and money goes into featuring natural timber but one big mistake is very commonly made.

The wrong product is used to coat it. Timber needs to breathe so if you trap the moisture inside with an ‘off the shelf’ varnish then it’s only a matter of time until the timber rebels against the product.

At ProBuilder we have developed a system with our suppliers and joiners that works and gives many years showcasing the beauty of timber. It does need maintenance but if done at the correct time, it can be relatively quick and cost effective. However some applications in full sun and our brutal semi tropical weather require an annual or biannual upkeep. To find out more or to discuss your upcoming renovations please click here.

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