When wood is outside, it is exposed to a variety of elements. Naturally, the climate in which you live will have an effect on the rate of biological deterioration and wetting. The moisture load is the biggest factor that affects wood such as decking and cladding. Additionally, the type of wood will have an important effect. You have to take your climate into consideration when you work out how often you should clean and treat your wood. Unfortunately, not much knowledge is available on which climate requires which type of treatment. Thankfully, however, this lack of information is starting to get resolved through scientific studies. A huge range of wood types have been exposed to many different climates over a period of 34 months. This study was able to identify the life span of various different species, depending on exposure and orientation.
The study identified that orientation (north or south) plays a really important role. It was also demonstrated that wood that is placed vertically rather than horizontally are less exposed to moisture. Naturally, in areas where there was a lot of rain, the wood was more affected. Also, the biggest effects were noticed right after a rain event, which shows that it is better for the wood to dry quickly. Interestingly, the type of wood didn’t seem to be of significant importance.
What the study demonstrated was that various wood types all respond similarly to the same climate exposures. This is why it is so important for people to keep their wood dry when they clean it. In wetter climates, additional treatment may be necessary to offer further protection. This means they should use varnishes or other treatments that make it more waterproof. Additionally, there are a number of other elements that will affect the wood. The UV rays of the sun are particularly damaging to wood. Those in hotter climates should make sure their wood is treated with a UV protective coating. Additionally, it is very important to clean up fallen leaves. The moisture content in these leaves is very significant. Additionally, they also contain many bacteria that can take up habitat in the wood, causing mold and fungus. It is by using a hard bristled brush that you can sweep away the leaves, as well as pushing water away. You should have received instructions on how to clean and treat your wood when you installed it, which you have to follow. However, these instructions are usually not written with a focus on specific climates.