Treated pine timber cladding is a long-lasting product used in the exterior cladding for both homes and commercial buildings. In order to get the best results, it is important to pay close attention to its storage, handling, fixing, finishing, as well as its maintenance. Although pine timber cladding is coated with preservatives, it does not mean that it won’t weather or deteriorate. You need to regularly maintain this kind of material to ensure that it retains an almost brand new look.
Treated pine timber cladding is available in a range of profiles like chamferboard, shiplap timber cladding, and weatherboard. Of course, only choose products that comply with the Australian Standard AS-4785. In terms of moisture content, pine timber cladding should not have more than 15% to prevent problems related to shrinkage and movement and guarantee effective application of stains and paints. For its storage, it should be wrapped and sealed properly when stored so as to prevent problems with moisture, bowing, and sagging. Be sure to keep the panels dry and clean because you might not be able to conceal marks and stains.
The performance of pine timber cladding will depend on the efficiency and regularity of its maintenance. The degree exposure to the elements, the type of treatment process used on the boards will affect how often you need to maintain your cladding. Recoating is needed for clear and stain finishes and this should be done within one to five years. Meanwhile, you have to recoat a painted finish between five and ten years. You should also check the manufacturer’s specifications regarding other preparations and recoat instructions.
When working with pine timber cladding or other types of timber cladding panels you need to protect your eyes, nose, and mount from dust particles, which are produced when sanding, sawing, and planning. Don’t forget to refer to the manufacturer’s manual for the right tools to use and safety measures to set in place.
Cleaning and Maintenance
There is no specific method needed to maintain any type of composite cladding. All it needs is a simple wash and it is ready to go. You can use a standard detergent to clean the cladding used in the exterior of your home. You need to fill a bucket with tap water and add two cups of your cleaning agent. You will also need to use a ladder to reach the panels placed at the upper portion. Most cleaning experts recommend the use of a soft brush to clean the cladding because it encourages smooth cleaning without the risk of scratching. You should also use a long-handled mop so you it won’t be hard for you to clean and get rid of dust from hard to reach areas.
Don’t forget to clean all kinds of stain including oil and grease immediately because if you don’t, it will greatly affect the top layer of the cladding. You must not let any kind of stain to stay on the coating for a long time because, after a while, it will be very hard to remove. This also applies to unwanted paint on the cladding. Don’t forget to adhere to the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the composite timber cladding to make sure that you are doing the right thing.
Although pine timber cladding has high resistance to varying weather conditions, it is cannot withstand alkalis and strong solvents. You need to avoid using hard materials that can cause cracking, because this may cause moisture to get into the inner parts of the cladding and negatively affect its structural design. If you are planning to renovate, be sure to cover the cladding so they won’t be stained. Contact Futurewood if you need a reputable supplier of composite wood or co-extrusion materials for your cladding, decking, screen fencing for privacy, flooring, or other related building projects. They can provide you with a range of products that will surely meet your needs