Wood Grain finishes at Residential Strata Buildings and their maintenance
Driving through Sydney, we are beginning to see a lot more wood grain finishes, usually pressure-treated wood on balcony areas as decorative finishes and acoustic and light reflection treatments, decks and fencing.
Personally, I love the look of pressure-treated wood and applaud their use in what seems to be a never ending jungle of concrete, however what a nightmare to maintain for an owners corporation.
Depending on your location, timber weathers differently and Programmed Preventative Maintenance (PPM) for timber to prevent expanding and shrinking from rain is different for each type of timber and its location.
Pressure-treated wood treated to battle the weather environment and prevent mould from growing that naturally occurs on non treated woods.
How to treat delicate pressure treated woods to keep the aesthetic appearance of your residential building. Grays Rescue Building Management’s process for treating these timbers are below however, rule one is “always refer to the manufactures warranties and recommendations before treating”:
– Lightly water pressure clean with a highly reduced pressure setting. It is important that the timber soaks the water before applying any abrasion to the surface to prevent pitting and damage.
– Using a scuff or similar tool, lightly rub the scuff with the grain on the wettened timber to remove all surface dust and debris to provide a quality working surface for your timber treatment.
– Apply a mildewcide that is recommended by the manufacturer using a scuff tool with the grain of the timber
– Apply a manufacturer approved sealant or stain depending on the aesthetics of the timber.
– Add an ultraviolet stabilizer for additional preventative maintenance treatment for long term management.
It is vital to be vigilant and keep a PPM schedule for your timber finishes to protect the integrity and look of your investment. Let’s keep enjoying the natural designs of these beautiful residential buildings that stand out.