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.
All primed products should be stored flat, at least 150mm off the ground, supported evenly every 600mm & in an area with good ventilation.
Protect the product from moisture, this includes ground moisture from concrete or earth & environmental, from rain & humidity.
When moving, make sure that there is adequate support for the entire length of the board to ensure they are not damaged, dropped, jarred or dragged. Never pick up a full length of product from one end only.
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.
Primed or Pre-Primed products have been coated with a high quality primer that is designed to minimise the effects of checking, cracking & cupping of pine mouldings, prior to the application of two, top coat finishes, applied in accordance with your chosen paint manufacturer’s instructions.
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.