Con­sider Weath­er­ing

Homebuilding & Renovating - - PROJECT ADVICE -

This new build by Bor­der Oak fea­tures a range of ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing tim­ber. “Bear in mind that the vary­ing el­e­va­tional ex­po­sures will play a sig­nif­i­cant part in how the boards weather,” ad­vises Bor­der Oak’s Merry Al­bright. “Ar­eas pro­tected by overhangs, ve­ran­das or more gen­er­ally shel­tered as­pects won’t weather at the same ex­treme un­even pace weath­er­ing of as weather an area con­di­tions can tak­ing look the patchy — full and if not con­sid­ered from a de­sign point of view early on. Most woods change colour when ex­posed to sun and wa­ter, but gen­er­ally this soft­en­ing is con­sid­ered to be a ben­e­fit. If you don’t like the more or­ganic look, I would rec­om­mend an oil or painted fin­ish, but be­ware of prod­ucts that turn tim­bers or­ange.”

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