Dryden WoodOil, in contrast, exists within the timber, rather than on its surface, so in the heat and cold, it contracts and expands with the timber, working as one entity rather than two. “The benefit of this is that when this product starts to age, the differences are only cosmetic. Oils retain their integrity over time, still working as they were designed to. What changes is their sacrificial aesthetic colour quality.”
When stains deteriorate over time and start to crack or peel, they lose their waterproofing qualities and the timber starts to silver underneath them. With WoodOil, the colour fades out with exposure but it remains waterproof because the oil is always in the timber.
Dryden WoodOil is a product that can be applied during the manufacturing process or on site, and requires an annual water wash. “To maintain Dryden WoodOil can be much easier to maintain than other oils or stains. If another coat is required, recoat over the clean oxidised WoodOil colour pigment every few years to return it to its former glory, even if it’s been left too long” Jon says. “It’s a very simple and straight-forward process. Whereas with the stains and oils, you have to wash them all back, get rid of all the loose, oxidised and broken-down product and often apply two coats to maintain, possibly even requiring a full strip back.”
“The real benefit of Dryden WoodOil is that even if it isn’t maintained to retain its aesthetic qualities, it retains its integrity and doesn’t ever need to be stripped back and reapplied. It can just be touched up in sections where necessary.”
In New Zealand, the harsh summer sun affects stains, and if they are broken down in any way during this part of the year, when it starts to get cold and wet in winter, the problems are amplified as moisture creeps into the timber.
“The most important thing with timber cladding, whatever the oil or stain used, is that is must be maintained regularly. This doesn’t necessarily mean the whole house needs doing either. It can simply mean an annual wash and touch ups only in the sections that need attention.”
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