Looking after your gates
Why it’s important to protect your gates
In order to get the best performance and longer life out of your gates, it is highly recommended that you regularly treat them. Treating your gates gives it UV protection and prevents water ingress. Failure to treat the gates correctly can affect the stability of your gates. The points below give you the information you need to look after your gates as best as possible.
How to treat your gates
If ordering the Teknos stain from our website, you will be supplied with a tin of base coat and a tin of top coat. It is recommended that you treat the base coat prior to installation, or as soon as they are installed. Check the colour sheet supplied for the amount of coats you should give the gates in order to achieve the required colour.Use a paintbrush to apply the stain, making sure to use even strokes throughout the gate to minimise patchiness. Once applied, wait a few hours till it is dry before adding the top coat. The top coat, a much thicker substance, will need to be applied a minimum of two times in order for the best protection. To ensure further protection of your gates, it is recommended that you re-apply the top coat a minimum of once a year for hardwood gates, and twice a year for softwood gates.
Gloss painting gates is not advised as natural timber needs to breathe. If painting is desired, then it is important to use the correct exterior paint to prolong the life of the gates.
Benefits of Treating Your Gates
Full Protection All Year Round
When you first purchased and installed your new wooden gate, it will have been treated to protect it from wood rot and insects. These treatments do not last forever though, and they will not provide full protection against the elements. Treating your gates periodically will prevent weather erosion and damage from the sun’s UV rays.
Avoid Bleaching and Bowing
It is fair to say that most of us agree that the British summertime doesn’t last long enough. However, the summer heat (as limited as it can be sometimes) can lead to damaging effects to your gates. High-quality wood treatment will stop your wooden gate from swelling in the heat and prevent sunlight from bleaching or bowing the material too.
Resist Bacteria and Mould
Here at Village Products, we use and highly recommend the Teknos wooden gate treatment collection. This provides astute resistance to bacteria and mould, keeping your garden gates fresh and free from discolouration all year round. The collection is available in a wide variety of colours too, including Medium and Dark Oak, Teak and Light, and Mahogany.
Dry and Breathable Material
If you have a softwood gate, it is really important that you protect it against water damage without restricting the material’s breathability. Treating it with a water repellent and breathable wood preservative will help to avoid any swelling or warping. A dry gate, that is able to breathe, is a happy and healthy gate.
Maintain Colour and Appeal
Hardwood gates will lose their colour over time, naturally. They can often turn silver or grey over time, making them less aesthetically pleasing compared to when you first bought them. To maintain their warm and natural colour, you should regularly stain and treat the hardwood material with oil.
Ultimately, the biggest benefit to homeowners and commercial properties alike is in relation to cost-effectiveness. Treatment products do cost money, of course, but no way near the same value as a brand new set of wooden gates. Left untreated, your gates may become damaged, weathered and in need of replacement. You can avoid this expense and unnecessary effort by keeping your current gates in tip-top condition.
Get In Touch
Interested in learning more about best wood treatment practices? Get in touch with us here at Village Products to find out more and explore our great range of wood treatment products!