While nowadays we’re somewhat spoilt when it comes to building material options, wood is a frontrunner that has certainly stood the test of time. In fact, we’re talking 10 thousand-odd years ago when people would construct their homes using wood as their primary source of construction. Fast forward to the present and very little has changed.

Sure, homeowners are still using wood to construct their houses but resort tycoons, landscapers, and entrepreneurs are also getting in on the action to establish their own structures, too. Suddenly, timber is being used to create elaborate jungle gyms, sturdy fencing panels, attractive planter boxes, garden furniture and of course, magnificent poolside decks.

All of this, for good reason! Wood is notoriously durable, not to mention visually appealing, and is great for sound absorption. It’s also available in a variety of options allowing you to find a solution suitable to your needs. The best part? At least, we at The Pole Yard think so! Is the longevity that wood promises with the right amount of care and attention.

So, how does one ensure it remains long-lasting? Read on.

Type of Wood

 Whether for a garden fence, jungle gym, to build a roof or to strengthen partitioned walls – the type of wood you choose will add to your structure’s durability. Opting for high-quality timber that’s as stylish as it is functional is a sure-fire way to differentiate your structure from others.

Our decking timber options, for example, include kiln-dried treated pine, eucalyptus, balau and garapa. While these terms might not mean anything to you off the bat, what unites them is that they’re all highly resistant against weather elements, foot traffic and shrinkage. (I would remove shrinkage. Pine will expand and contract quite a bit if left to get wet and dry out seasonally.)

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As your needs change, so does the type of wood. When it comes to constructing a garden fence, we recommend rustic, smooth (pine) or eucalyptus latte. These options not only offer a beautifully natural look and feel, they’re also super durable, eliminating the need for them to be replaced. They can also be used for indoor and outdoor use and prove to be an effective building material for pergolas and privacy screens, too.

 

Treated Poles

We supply a complete range of pine and gum poles, all of which are treated in accordance with SABS standards. The result? Weather-resistant poles that won’t leach or affect surrounding vegetation. (See previous note on leaching) What’s more, this kind of treatment prevents our poles from rotting and keeps pesky wood-eating insects at bay.

These types of poles are especially handy for resurrecting (Do you mean erecting?) jungle gyms, roofs, planter boxes and garden furniture – all of which need this necessary protection.  (this sentence doen’t make sense) But probably the greatest appeal of pine and gum poles is that they are both renewable resources. This means that their impact on the environment is minimal.

 

Eco-Friendly Treatment

While we’re on the topic of preserving the environment, you may have heard by now that our timber has been pressure treated with Tanalised™ E. This Copper Azole based, eco-friendly treatment is new to South Africa and comes with a range of benefits. Namely, it’s used for the long-term prevention of wood rot/decay, termites and wood borer infestations.

Importantly, our timber products, whether treated or not, should still be coated with a wood coat or wood seal product. These will help protect the wood from our ever-changing climate and will prevent it from cracking. (Protect from sun damage as well. The sun and seasonal wetting are the two biggest factor in terms of weather damage.)

Maintenance

 So, the type of wood you choose, and the treatment it’s undergone are super important when it comes to ensuring the longevity of your wooden structures. But, to truly prolong the life of your timber, it’s important to invest in products that can help you do so.

Wood Seal is the first, known to enhance the grain in wood. After a simple, one-time application you’re left with a smooth (Not if the timber is rough/rutic), consistent finish that also helps to harden the wood (Only if your sealant is polyurethane based and even then very minimal hardening occurs). Many also opt to use this product over paint and varnish (Sadly, not true. You would need to strip and varnish or pain before sealing. You can reseal over existing sealant though as long as it is the same base, IE solvent to solvent or water to water)because of its ability to really penetrate the timber and because it slows seepage and any damp. Finally, wood seal maintains a rich colour making it both a practical and visually appealing solution. Try it on your wooden fence, outside table, jungle gym or planter boxes and enjoy the results.

 

A water-based Wood Coat is next and is great for the prevention of rotting(Not specifically. Prevention of rotting is more in the realm of products like Enseal, Waxol and PWP). It’s simple to use and importantly, protects your timber from the sun and any moisture in the air. Many also use this product for its fade-resistant properties. It’s also another great way to preserve the beauty of furniture and/or other wooden structures and ensures an even finish. You can even use it to protect window frames and sliding doors. A cost-effective solution to ensuring the lifespan of your wooden structures – it truly is a win-win situation.

Now that we’ve armed you with the right information (we hope)(Please take this out, it makes us sound unsure of what we are saying), all that’s left for you to do is decide what you’re going to start on next. But not to worry, we’re here to help (…with that too)!

The Pole Yard specialises in outdoor timber and home improvement products. We supply a wide range of poles and timber and can manufacture products to suit your custom specification. Get in touch with us today to find a solution that’s right for you.