Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Fall Season - A great time to coat exterior structures

Here is some great wood care advice from our friends at Structures Wood Care.

Fall is the perfect time to coat your outdoor wood projects. The cooler temps make it nice for the applicators and they do not have to be so concerned about the finish flash drying on a surface that is too hot. But more importantly, your wood needs to be protected from the freeze thaw cycles of winter. Wood left unprotected suffers the greatest amount of damage in these winter months. Any cracks or checks in the wood allow water to penetrate into the wood. In the wintertime this moisture freezes and expands by becoming ice crystals. This causes more subsurface damage, making tiny cracks larger and allowing more space for water to penetrate father into the wood, causing more damage.

Your deck, due to the nature of its construction, especially needs protection. The horizontal surface is filled with screw and nail holes allowing moisture to seep in the wood. The enviable snow build up only compounds the problem. NatureColor® Base Coat or NatureOne® will fill in the cracks and nail holes to help keep moisture from penetrating the wood. Structures Wood Care products are formulated to be breathable and flexible, which allow it to contract and expand with your deck.

The painting day in the fall is shorter than in the summer but there are many good painting hours available to take advantage of. Often the morning dew is heavy on the deck. Allow time for the dew to dry off before coating. The temperature when coating should be 50 degrees or more. The alkyd oil product, NatureColor, needs three to four hours dry time before dew or frost occurs. The 100% Acrylic, NatureOne, dries and sets more quickly, and needs only two hours to dry. Structures Wood Care® products are water repellent, flexible, and micro-porous helping to protect the wood and keep it looking beautiful year after year.