Why you need to treat cut timber

Fountain Timber Products have always been an environmentally friendly organisation, we are based in the centre of a beautiful forest, we care about timber, we take pride in the quality of our products and the impact production has on the environment. We operate to ISO 14001 a certified and strict Environmental Management Standard.

The environmental credentials of timber are unsurpassed. A truly renewable resource, timber can provide an infinite supply for our use when properly managed. Forests also convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, a process that helps slow down the greenhouse effect. Add to this energy and waste efficiency in processing and the list of benefits goes on. Light, yet strong and easily worked, timber is also infinitely versatile, offering a range of functional qualities and inherent beauty unmatched by any man-made material. Properly protected with modern preservative systems, timber will provide you with a significantly extended service life, thereby reducing demands on forests.

Pressure treated timber is protected with high-quality wood preservatives with complex chemical formulations of different active ingredients, co-biocides and additives in order to achieve the highest performance. High-quality treatment and state of the art quality control is the most promising way to increase the trust in treated timber.

 Why you need to treat cut timber with end preservative

When installing pressure treated timber any surface exposed by cross cutting, drilling, notching or boring must be re-treated with end-grain preservative to maintain the integrity of the treatment. Pressure treatment creates a barrier and when you cut timber the barrier is broken.  Using end grain preservative helps to reinstate the barrier. End preservatives are  available online and from our shop. 

Maintenance

Pressure treated timber does not have to be painted or stained to maintain its preservative properties. However, if colour is required, decorative coatings can be used, as can brush-on water repellent products. For protection against water damage, regular application of a brush-on water repellent is recommended, particularly for outdoor garden wood structures such as decking. Always follow the coating manufacturers' instructions.

Metal Fixings

Pressure treated timber is designed to give long term performance. It is appropriate to use metal fixings and fastenings that give a comparable service life. Under normal conditions, the use of hot dipped galvanised nails, screws and fixings is recommended. However, it is important to note that there are many thicknesses of galvanised coatings available and the thicker the coating, the longer the expected service life of the fixing. For longer service lives or use in situations with continued high moisture levels, stainless steel fixings are recommended.

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