It’s important to keep your garden gates healthy and looking good. Without proper maintenance, your lovely wooden gate can become bleached and stained. Here at Village Products, we always recommend giving your gates a top coat in summer, regardless of when they were purchased. Giving your gates some treatment not only prepares for winter, but protects them in summer too!
The Importance Of Gate Care
Once you’ve got a quality, luxury garden gate you’re proud of which is perfect for the garden, you’re going to want to make sure that investment is protected so that it can continue to look good for as long as possible. If your gate is one of our high quality wooden gates, it will last for as long as you continue to maintain it.
Most new garden gates receive initial treatment to protect the timber from wood rot and insect attacks. However, these treatments don’t provide full protection against weathering. Erosion from weather and UV rays will degrade these treatments and begin to affect the quality of your gate over time. Whether your garden gate is made from softwood or hardwood, we recommend treating the timber with a wood preservative in summer.
Protecting Your Gate In Summer
Treating your gate in summer isn’t just going to prepare for the harsher weather of autumn and winter. Summer heat can lead to the wood swelling, and the summer rays can bleach and bow the wood. Fortunately, summer is a great time to treat your gate. Ideally, you want to be able to treat your gate in a fairly warm temperature, and the gate should be allowed to dry for a couple of days after treatment. This means not treating your gate if rain is likely within the next 48 hours.
An additional top coat of oil, stain, paint or varnish will help even more in protecting the wood for years to come. If you want to keep things natural with the wood texture clearly visible, we recommend overcoating your preservative treatment with a clear exterior wood oil, or even decking oil. These products penetrate into the wood grain and provide excellent protection because they contain a combination of wood oils, waxes and resins. Many of these products also have UV filters that are great for retaining the timber’s natural look by protecting against the sun.
Remember to keep your garden gate clean, dry and free of any surface dirt, grease or other contaminate before you get ready for treating, coating or painting. Wipe the gate down to de-grease the surface before you start. We recommend White Spirit or Methylated Spirit.
Teknos: Our Favourite Treatment
Here at Village Products we love Teknos’ ‘Forest Inspirations’ wooden gate treatment collection. With resistance to bacteria, mould and UV we’ve tried Teknos ourselves and we think it’s the best, most comprehensive treatment out there. Available in a wide range of colours like Mahogany, Teak and Light, Medium and Dark Oak, the Teknos coats will minimise discolouration of your gate while maximising the resilience and durability.
The best part about Teknos? It does this while emphasizing and protecting your gate’s natural state and style. Unlike some other treatments and stains, these coats won’t crack or peel. This means they keep their appeal much longer, and we love that they show the natural grain of your gate’s timber through the colours.
Get In Touch!
If you’re interested in buying one of our top quality garden gates, some reliable wood treatment, or if you want some advice on the matter, don’t hesitate to get in touch! Call us today on 01925 967 071 to find out how we can help you discover your perfect garden gates.