The beauty of wood is unquestionable and can enhance both the aesthetic appeal and value of a home dramatically.
Throughout history, wood has been the material of choice for windows and doors - even as fashions have changed, with painted and natural wood alternatively in popularity.
The following recommendations apply to the use and maintenance of wooden windows and doors:
- It is essential that protective oil be applied to wooden windows and doors prior to installation in order to prevent staining by cement or plaster on building sites.
- The oil should be penetrative and used regularly to prevent oxidisation and avoid damage.
- The doors and windows should be treated with care and external forces should be avoided during the construction process (e.g. props over sliding doors and forcing bricks into small places).
- A product like Silkwood is recommended. This product provides protection against water absorption and UV degradation. It minimises wood degradation such as cracking, splitting, warping and grain raise, which occurs as a result of natural aging and climatic changes.
- The product should be applied with either a brush or a roller.
- The surface of the wood must be dry, clean and free of contaminants
- The first coat should only be applied after this period.
- If the wood is porous, it is advisable to apply a third coat of the product for maximum protection.
- Maintenance coats should be applied when the wood appears faded or dry.
- Brushes and rollers can be cleaned with either turpentine or white spirits.
- If the product is solvent based (as is “Silkwood”), it is flammable and therefore should only be applied in well-ventilated areas.