Wood Treatment: Protection, Repair & Appearance

Whether you’re looking to treat an issue like wood rot, or infestations like woodworm, or you’re just hoping to decorate and protect your wood for the future, you’ll find all the information you need on wood treatment right here.

In this article, we’ve broken down the ins and outs of different each type of wood treatment so you can make sure you get the right wood treatment for your project.

What is a wood treatment?

A wood treatment is a chemical you apply to wood that offers some benefit, such as waterproofing, adding colour, treating rot or an infestation, or protecting and preserving the wood for longer. There are lots of different kinds of wood treatment available, and the right one for you will depend entirely on what your project entails – but hopefully this article will point you to your perfect wood treatment!

Wood Treatment For: Protecting & Preserving

When you first treat your wood, it’s worthwhile to use a “wood preserver”. Wood preservers penetrate the wood thoroughly and protect it from future damage, like mould, rot, discolouration and woodworm infestation. Before using a stain or paint, it’s a good idea to treat your wood with a wood preserver. Preventing against this future damage will help your project last longer and avoid any pricey repair work coming your way.

After using a wood preserver, it’s a good idea to protect your wood using an oil treatment, stain or paint, which will further help to seal the wood and avoid moisture penetrating and causing irreparable damage.

Wood Treatment For: Colour & Appearance

There are an enormous number of treatments you can use to change not only the appearance of your wood but also improve its longevity. Untreated wood absorbs water, which causes it to expand and twist to become permanently misshapen. Allowing moisture in also encourages rot to set in, and if your wood is exposed to sunlight without treatment, it can discolour quickly.

If you prefer your wood to remain with a finish that shows off its natural grain and colour, don’t worry, you have plenty of options. You can use a wood oil treatment to maintain the colour whilst still providing a good amount of moisture protection. You can choose from a great number of wood oils, from transparent to highly pigmented, but it’s worth bearing in mind that a stronger pigment will usually provide greater UV protection.

You will also find the option to stain your wood; while most stains are oil treatments, it’s worth bearing in mind that there are a few which aren’t; you can also get water-based stains, as well as varnish and gel versions. Oil tends to be the most common type of stain, and luckily, is one of the easiest to apply too. However, if you ever have any queries about how to use your stain, or if you’re unsure which one is right for your project, you can contact us here for some personal help.

If you’re happy to cover the natural grain of the wood, paint is likely your best option. Not only does it provide excellent protection against the elements, including moisture and sunlight, but it also lasts longer – which means you have to repaint much less than you have to re-stain.

If you choose to paint your wood, you may want to consider what day to day uses your project will be under; if it’s wood flooring, it might be wise to find a decking or flooring paint. These special paints not only offer UV protection but also provide some grip qualities to help avoid any potential slips. If you’re looking for outdoor wood panelling, such as for a shed or fence, you can also get special wood paints that have been specifically developed to last longer outdoors.

Wood Treatment For: Treating Rot & Infestations

Treating rot and infestation can be an immense frustration – if it’s not treated quickly, you can end up having to pay for replacement wood, which can be extremely expensive. Whether you’re treating a current problem or you’re hoping to protect your wood from future problems, it’s a good idea to use a product like Ronseal Wood Treatment. A universal treatment like this can penetrate deep into the wood and destroy any living rot or infestations that have settled in.

While it destroys any existing problems, it also protects against future infestations – so it’s a good idea to apply this kind of wood treatment to new wood installations before applying outer treatments such as paints, stains or oils.

Want the best prices or more advice on wood treatments?

If you’re interested in finding out more about wood treatment options for your project, you can browse a huge range right here at eDecks. If you have any further questions about which wood treatment is best for your project, you can always contact us here for more tips and advice.

At eDecks, you don’t just get a great range of wood treatments, but also:

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One thought on “Wood Treatment: Protection, Repair & Appearance

  1. FZN

    Some excellent advice, specially for timber beams placed under singles etc. for roofing purposes. A rotting timber frame can often lead to roof collapse, and the easiest way to avoid it is waterproofing to ensure the material does not corrode or break easily. Thanks for the ideas!


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