GET YOUR WOOD PREPARED FOR WINTER
What products should you use for fences, sheds etc?
Nearly 15 years have passed since creosote was banned from sale in the eU. love it or hate it, this coal tar-based preservative was great at extending the life of Britain’s fences and sheds, but its cancer-causing ingredients were too dangerous to ignore.
Then its successor, creosote substitute, disappeared from shelves in 2009 because of similar concerns. So what are the options to protect your wood from the ravages of winter?
Whether in the form of decking, furniture, buildings or boundaries, most of us have wooden structures in the garden, and much of it will have been pressure-treated. This is where the wood is immersed in preservative sheds and decks essentially boils down to two things: paint or stain. Both can contain varying amounts of wax to repel water, but stains tend to penetrate deeper into the wood, while paint dries onto the surface. as a general rule, stains are cheaper than paints, but the latter come in a wider variety of colours.
Some, such as Cuprinol’s Duckback, say they’ll protect for five years (others for even longer). But I’d take such claims with a pinch of salt because it depends on the condition of your wood.
Many of these products also work well on garden furniture made from softwood such as pine. However hardwood (teak and oak) has different requirements. For more info on what’s available – and how to use it – see the panel opposite.
Oil, stain or paint? Make sure you get the right product for your needs