Best Treatment For Wooden Gates

Whether it’s your garden gate, driveway gate or side gate, keeping it in a pristine condition is not always easy. Wooden gates are especially vulnerable to the elements, with radical changes in temperature speeding up the wearing away process. We may produce some of the best gates around, but even we believe you should take preventative measures to boost your gate’s durability, ensure maximum protection and preserve your gate’s appearance. Choosing the right treatment is a good place to start, and we look at the best in this post.

 

The Best Treatment: Teknos

With benefits including resistance to bacteria, mould and UV rays, it’s no wonder we’re impressed with Teknos’ ‘Forest Inspirations’ wooden gate treatment collection. Available in colours as complimentary as Mahogany and Teak, as well as Light, Medium and Dark Oak, these base coats help to minimise discolouration and maximise durability, emphasizing and protecting the gate’s natural state in the process. Unlike traditional solvent based stains and even some paints, these base coats don’t crack or peel, maintaining their aesthetic appeal for as long as possible. We also like how they show the natural grain of the timber through the colours.

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When covered with their advanced Aquatop 2600-21 formulation, then the results are even better. Aquatop is a water-based, exterior topcoat suitable for both softwoods and hardwoods, as well as engineered and modified timbers. It’s a flexible and microporous liquid, meaning that it protects your gate against rain, snow and other water-based weather. When applied, it dries quickly, ensuring it doesn’t colourise the underlying coat.

 

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Teak Finish On An Iroko Hardwood Gate (Lymm Design)

 

What Are Other Benefits Of Teknos?

  • Can be applied using conventional spraying systems, such as Airless, Disc and High Rotation Bells.
  • Works especially well with Scandinavian redwood, Idigbo hardwood and Iroko hardwood, helping to smooth out any unevenness in the wood’s surface.
  • Prevents knots bleeding through the coatings, maintaining the wood’s aesthetic appeal.
  • Safe to use and compliant with environmental regulations.
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Light Oak Finish On An Idigbo Hardwood Gate (Lancashire design)

 

If you’d like to learn more about Teknos and why we believe they offer the best treatment for wooden gates, feel free to contact us using our contact form, here. Alternatively, call us on 01925 967 071 and we’d only be too happy to help.

Make It Great Beyond The Garden Gate

Having a garden means you have a place all to yourself to relax in the warm summer heat, to host a party when it’s time to celebrate an achievement or event and to grow flowers, fruit and vegetables that bring your garden to life in brilliant colour. Your garden gate offers so much promise, but what does it currently offer? If you’ve been thinking of updating its current visage, then check out our suggestions for easy improvements that make all the difference.

 

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Soil Success

Have you tried growing a particular shrub, plant, flower, fruit or vegetable to no avail? It’s down to your soil, and its type determines what can grow there.

 

If your soil is clay-like, you can grow things such as:

  • Shrubs: Hydrangea, roses and buddleja.
  • Flowers: Iris, aster and achillea.
  • Plants: Ivy, clematis and honeysuckle.

 

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However, dusty soils are better for:

  • Shrubs: Cotoneaster, cytisus and forsythia.
  • Flowers: Tulips, lavender, and rosemary.
  • Vegetables: Carrots, potatoes and onions.

 

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Ensure you don’t plant seeds in the shade, as the sun boosts plant growth. Adding compost, leaf mould or gravel can enrich the soil and allow the roots to find air in times of bad weather.

 

 

Be Nice To Newbies

If you’ve opted for plant pot flowers, ensure you remove them carefully from their current home, before placing them in your garden. Gently squeeze the sides of the pot and turn it upside down, catching the plant as it falls out. If you try to pull them out by their stems, you may break, damage or bruise them.

 

Always check the labels your plant or seeds come with to, as it will provide information such as:

  • Plant spacing and direction for best growth.
  • How often you should water them.
  • Whether they need fertiliser.

 

 

Remove Weeds

As weeds compete for nutrients, water and sunlight, they can be harmful to growing plants, as well as those that have reached maturity. Check for and remove weeds regularly, ensuring you remove their roots too. Weeds may also hide slugs, snails and other critters who may munch on your plants, and it’s advised that if there are seeds attached to the weeds, not to add them to your compost heap, as this could reseed the weeds. Manually removing them is recommended, but should you opt for a spray, spraying on a dry day will yield better results.

 

 

Plan Your Design

Visualise how you want your garden to look and plan where best to plant your seeds or flowers, taking note of soil type and shade. Rearrangement is fine, especially if a plant isn’t growing as well, or you think it contrasts the colour scheme you’re going for. When planted, remember to label them too for ease of care and maintenance.

 

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A beautiful place to grow flowers is around your garden gate. We sell a range of hardwood and wooden garden gates made of stunning and sturdy Idigbo, Iroko and Scandinavian Redwood, sure to boost your garden’s aesthetic. We encourage you to check out all of our designs and for more information, please call us today on 01925 967 071.

 

 

Iron Rusting? Stainless Steel Is The Answer.

Living near the coast can be a wonderful experience – that fresh sea air, the daily opportunities to swim, surf, sail or simply sunbathe, and seafood straight from the source. After a gloriously sunny day at the beach, returning home to see a rusting iron gate, door or lock however, can be disheartening. You didn’t experience these issues when you lived inland, so what’s going on? We take a look at why iron rusts in coastal cities, why using stainless steel is a better bet and what you can do to maintain your outside furniture.

Why Does Iron Rust In Coastal Cities?

Due to the sea, the surrounding air contains more moisture, sodium chloride and salt content. The latter dissolves into the moisture, which itself has increased levels of water vapour and oxygen. When this comes into contact with iron, iron oxide forms, speeding up the rusting process. How quickly your iron furniture rusts also depends on factors such as temperature, wind direction, humidity, rainfall and your house’s distance from the sea.

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So, Why Doesn’t Stainless Steel Rust?

Stainless Steel is made up of protective elements, including chromium, silicon and manganese. When they react with oxygen or moisture, the chromium corrodes, but unlike iron doesn’t break down. The elements then create a thin barrier that prevents further rust by reducing the amount of oxygen and water that can reach the surface.

Due to its resilience, stainless steel locks, doors and gates will fare better in coastal locations than its iron counterparts.

What You Can Do If Your Home Is Suffering From Rust?

Though it is possible to remove rust, using both home-made and chemical solutions, it is a continuous and sometimes strenuous process that requires persistence. If the rust has gone straight through the metal, the object will need replacing.

We suggest the following materials:

  1. Doors, Locks and Gates: Stainless steel or pewter.
  2. Windows: Fibreglass framed doors and windows, with stainless steel fasteners for added protection.
  3. Sliding Glass Doors: Stainless steel rollers.

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Preventing Iron From Rusting In The First Place.

Though it’s impossible to stop iron from rusting, you can slow the process down. Rubbing alcohol on the bare spots and painting over them will help, as will scrubbing away dirt with liquid soap.

We offer a range of stainless steel and pewter ironmongery that can make your coastal home survive the wrath of rust. Check out our product range here.