Timber is a reasonably resilient material, but bad handling & poorly organised storage on job sites could potentially lead to damage & wastage.
In order to maintain correct moisture content, physical appearance & discourage any splitting, decaying or discolouration, it is important to store timber products correctly prior to construction.
The packaging around Timber products is designed to protect it during transport only.
Whilst storing finger jointed pine or finger jointed treated pine products, it is important to keep all product dry & off the ground.
Avoid storing on or in damp locations, direct sunlight, dirt, gravel & bare concrete.
Store undercover in a dry & well ventilated space on a horizontal pallet or on even supports spaced at 600mm centres with a plastic sheet below to avoid moisture uptake.
Stack individually so that air can circulate freely around them.
When moving, make sure that there is adequate support for the entire length of the board, never pick up a full length of product from one end only. Always take care to minimise damage to ensure the best possible finish.
Unless your design is being made specifically for a short life span, all structures, especially any exposed to external conditions, require on-going maintenance.
The purpose of any maintenance regime is to ensure the structural integrity, safety, original look & condition of your construction material, so that it can continue to effectively perform its intended function & look good.
Maintenance must therefore be considered at your design stage, as you will find that the level & frequency of maintenance is a function of the original design & each materials specifications.
It is at this point where original costs must be weighed up against future costs.
Prolonged dry spells & heat or prolonged wet spells & cooler periods are likely to result in the contraction & or expansion of timber products. This is normal for most building products & should be taken into account when designing your structure & installing finger jointed pine products.
Ensure that you keep a regular maintenance program to care for your timber. You should periodically check your structure for any physical changes. Any possible leaks or exposure, where moisture could infiltrate & cause decay, & any signs of damaged timber, should always be attended to without delay.
Re-application & maintenance of coatings will vary depending on the location of your project & the type of paint finish used. You should re-apply as directed by the paint manufacturer or when needed.