How To Look After Your Wood

When you choose to have a quality wooden gate installed on your property, you’re making an investment that you hope will last for years to come. Here at Village Products, our wooden gates serve a number of benefits, including looking great, protecting your home and increasing your privacy. When it comes to garden gates, driveway gates and side gates, the chances are that they are publicly visible, and you’re going to want to keep them looking great for as long as possible.

Fortunately, with a bit of love, care and maintenance, our gates will look fantastic for years. It doesn’t take a lot of treatment, but it’s worth keeping on top of things to ensure that your gates stay in top condition. With a bit of treatment, you’ll help your gates to survive the change in seasons and prevent deterioration. With that in mind, here are some tips on how to look after your wood:


SoftwoodSoftwood side gate back

It’s very important to treat your softwood gates with water repellent and breathable wood preservatives. Then, hang them for a while to prevent moisture ingress. This helps to avoid any swelling or warping. We always recommend customers to use a spirit based oil or stain on their softwood gates – this is because this is more easily absorbed into the wood, helping to repel water and prevent rot.

Different treatments will come with different guidelines as to how often you should re-treat your wood. Generally speaking, we suggest giving your softwood gate a fresh coat of treatment every six months. Preferably, treat your wood during the changing seasons – before summer and winter. This allows you to benefit from fresh protection during the extreme temperature differences.



Hardwood Gates

Iroko Hardwood Side GateOne of the benefits of having your own hardwood gate designed, supplied and installed here at Village Products, is that our hardwood timbers are particularly durable and resilient. This means that there’s not as much work involved in preserving your hardwood timber. Hardwoods are much better at looking after themselves.

It’s worth bearing in mind, however, that hardwoods do lose their colour over time. This means that they benefit from a different kind of treatment. Hardwoods will often turn silver grey over time, so to prevent this and keep their warmer and more natural wooden colour, you should stain and oil the gate relatively often.





Here at Village Products, we stock Teknos – a wood treatment option that use and love ourselves. Teknos is a trusted partner of ours, and its available in both top and base coats. It also comes in a wide range of different wood colours and shades, so you’re sure to find something suitable for your wooden gate.

Get In Touch

Interested in purchasing a bespoke, high-quality wooden gate for your garden, driveway or side of house? We design, produce, supply and install our very own gates at Village Products here in Cheshire. We specialise in both softwood and hardwood gates. Please get in touch with us today to discover our fantastic range of timbers and gate designs – there’s sure to be something perfect for your home!