The wooden gates we stock are a natural product, meaning they react to the elements and can twist, warp, split and change colour. While most of the gates we stock are pressure treated (unless stated otherwise to be untreated) which helps with the resistance to insects and wood rot, it is strongly recommended to treat them in UV Wood Oil. This oil preserves the colour of the wood and any outdoor wood that has this oil applied once a year will repel water, assisting resistance to water ingress.
Small cracks in the wood (known as checks or shakes) are common during drying, it is not considered a fault due to the natural state of timber. To reduce the appearance of these cracks, the oil can be applied. The oil can also reduce the effects of warping.
When receiving your gate, you must apply at least one layer of the UV Wood Oil before hanging. When making any cut outs in the wood you must also treat these holes with the oil and preservative. This prevents water ingress, which can cause swelling and warping of the timber.
Preservatives that are water based are not suitable protection when applied alone as they can be washed out of the timber, it must be coated in the UV Wood Oil prior to being exposed to the elements.
The gates must be fit with the appropriate ironwork and hanging posts/wall, have no modifications and not be poorly fitted/installed. Water damage or rot is caused by failing to apply the treatment correctly, regularly, and not following the treatment guide.
Restol™ Natural UV Extra Oil on untreated wood
Restol™ Natural UV Extra Oil on impregnated wood
Restol™ Natural UV Extra Oil on hardwood
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