Extending the life of timber cladding

While timber cladding used to be primarily found on agricultural buildings, in the past few decades it has become the covering of choice for a huge range of high-end residential and commercial projects. And at the heart of this process in New Zealand sits Dryden WoodOil, New Zealand made specifically for our unique and exposed conditions.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

While timber cladding used to be primarily found on agricultural buildings, in the past few decades it has become the covering of choice for a huge range of high-end residential and commercial projects. And at the heart of this process in New Zealand sits Dryden WoodOil, New Zealand made specifically for our unique and exposed conditions.

Jon Pearson, director of the company, says that choosing the right oil for timber cladding is one of the most important parts of the process.
“It’s particularly essential if people use cedar board and batten timbers – we see a lot of this in our work.”

Some of the more prominent examples of work that Dryden has done includes the Devonport Library, Karapiro Rowing Club, and the Cancer Society’s Lions Lodge in Hamilton. So what is it that makes using WoodOil so important for commercial and home design?

How often does wood need maintenance?
How often does wood need maintenance?

Keeping it clean
Pearson says that normally, wood stains and oils that come in a 10-litre can will have about six litres of solvent in it, with four litres of solids, which can damage the environment and leaves product that can crack and peel. But Dryden WoodOil is more than 90% solids; this soaks into the timber to protect it.

Dryden also don’t change their proven formula – this happens in

the industry more often than you might think.

“A lot of the time, companies will change their formulas, meaning people don’t always get the product they expected,” Pearson says. “We don’t do that – we’ve had the same product for a long time and will continue to. We just changed our packaging, but it’s still the same proven product on the inside.”

Dryden WoodOil protects timber cladding – extending timber’s service life. 
Dryden WoodOil protects timber cladding – extending timber’s service life. 

Making wood last for the long term
Another important benefit of using products like WoodOil is the long life it gives to timber cladding. “It’s important that the oil actually get into the wood, and not just dry on the surface,” Pearson says. “It extends the service life and prevents cupping, warping or splitting.”

So with new timber products pre-coated in WoodOil, how long can you expect them to last?

“With normal site-specific maintenance, indefinitely,” he adds.
Not all of the work they do is for new builds; WoodOil is also used to spruce up older wood, breathing new life into it and giving it many more years of use. Pearson says that about 60% of their work is for new wood, while 40% is restoration and maintenance.

Customise for best results
Pearson notes that with a huge range of available colours (including customisable colour tones), people can use these products for cladding with any purpose. He says there is normally an even split in people using their products: half are architects and specifiers that understand the high quality that WoodOil provides, and the other half are people who might not understand the product, but have fallen in love with how it looks, with a flat, natural finish.

If your cladding needs to go the extra mile and look better than everything else on the block, you know where to go.

Get in touch with
Dryden

Request pricing/info
Visit website
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Extending the life of timber cladding

Extending the life of timber cladding

While timber cladding used to be primarily found on agricultural buildings, in the past few decades it has become the covering of choice for a huge range of high-end residential and commercial projects. And at the heart of this process in New Zealand sits Dryden WoodOil, New Zealand made specifically for our unique and exposed conditions.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

While timber cladding used to be primarily found on agricultural buildings, in the past few decades it has become the covering of choice for a huge range of high-end residential and commercial projects. And at the heart of this process in New Zealand sits Dryden WoodOil, New Zealand made specifically for our unique and exposed conditions.

Jon Pearson, director of the company, says that choosing the right oil for timber cladding is one of the most important parts of the process.
“It’s particularly essential if people use cedar board and batten timbers – we see a lot of this in our work.”

Some of the more prominent examples of work that Dryden has done includes the Devonport Library, Karapiro Rowing Club, and the Cancer Society’s Lions Lodge in Hamilton. So what is it that makes using WoodOil so important for commercial and home design?

How often does wood need maintenance?
How often does wood need maintenance?

Keeping it clean
Pearson says that normally, wood stains and oils that come in a 10-litre can will have about six litres of solvent in it, with four litres of solids, which can damage the environment and leaves product that can crack and peel. But Dryden WoodOil is more than 90% solids; this soaks into the timber to protect it.

Dryden also don’t change their proven formula – this happens in

the industry more often than you might think.

“A lot of the time, companies will change their formulas, meaning people don’t always get the product they expected,” Pearson says. “We don’t do that – we’ve had the same product for a long time and will continue to. We just changed our packaging, but it’s still the same proven product on the inside.”

Dryden WoodOil protects timber cladding – extending timber’s service life. 
Dryden WoodOil protects timber cladding – extending timber’s service life. 

Making wood last for the long term
Another important benefit of using products like WoodOil is the long life it gives to timber cladding. “It’s important that the oil actually get into the wood, and not just dry on the surface,” Pearson says. “It extends the service life and prevents cupping, warping or splitting.”

So with new timber products pre-coated in WoodOil, how long can you expect them to last?

“With normal site-specific maintenance, indefinitely,” he adds.
Not all of the work they do is for new builds; WoodOil is also used to spruce up older wood, breathing new life into it and giving it many more years of use. Pearson says that about 60% of their work is for new wood, while 40% is restoration and maintenance.

Customise for best results
Pearson notes that with a huge range of available colours (including customisable colour tones), people can use these products for cladding with any purpose. He says there is normally an even split in people using their products: half are architects and specifiers that understand the high quality that WoodOil provides, and the other half are people who might not understand the product, but have fallen in love with how it looks, with a flat, natural finish.

If your cladding needs to go the extra mile and look better than everything else on the block, you know where to go.

Get in touch with
Dryden

Request pricing/info
Visit website
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Extending the life of timber cladding

Extending the life of timber cladding

While timber cladding used to be primarily found on agricultural buildings, in the past few decades it has become the covering of choice for a huge range of high-end residential and commercial projects. And at the heart of this process in New Zealand sits Dryden WoodOil, New Zealand made specifically for our unique and exposed conditions.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

While timber cladding used to be primarily found on agricultural buildings, in the past few decades it has become the covering of choice for a huge range of high-end residential and commercial projects. And at the heart of this process in New Zealand sits Dryden WoodOil, New Zealand made specifically for our unique and exposed conditions.

Jon Pearson, director of the company, says that choosing the right oil for timber cladding is one of the most important parts of the process.
“It’s particularly essential if people use cedar board and batten timbers – we see a lot of this in our work.”

Some of the more prominent examples of work that Dryden has done includes the Devonport Library, Karapiro Rowing Club, and the Cancer Society’s Lions Lodge in Hamilton. So what is it that makes using WoodOil so important for commercial and home design?

How often does wood need maintenance?
How often does wood need maintenance?

Keeping it clean
Pearson says that normally, wood stains and oils that come in a 10-litre can will have about six litres of solvent in it, with four litres of solids, which can damage the environment and leaves product that can crack and peel. But Dryden WoodOil is more than 90% solids; this soaks into the timber to protect it.

Dryden also don’t change their proven formula – this happens in

the industry more often than you might think.

“A lot of the time, companies will change their formulas, meaning people don’t always get the product they expected,” Pearson says. “We don’t do that – we’ve had the same product for a long time and will continue to. We just changed our packaging, but it’s still the same proven product on the inside.”

Dryden WoodOil protects timber cladding – extending timber’s service life. 
Dryden WoodOil protects timber cladding – extending timber’s service life. 

Making wood last for the long term
Another important benefit of using products like WoodOil is the long life it gives to timber cladding. “It’s important that the oil actually get into the wood, and not just dry on the surface,” Pearson says. “It extends the service life and prevents cupping, warping or splitting.”

So with new timber products pre-coated in WoodOil, how long can you expect them to last?

“With normal site-specific maintenance, indefinitely,” he adds.
Not all of the work they do is for new builds; WoodOil is also used to spruce up older wood, breathing new life into it and giving it many more years of use. Pearson says that about 60% of their work is for new wood, while 40% is restoration and maintenance.

Customise for best results
Pearson notes that with a huge range of available colours (including customisable colour tones), people can use these products for cladding with any purpose. He says there is normally an even split in people using their products: half are architects and specifiers that understand the high quality that WoodOil provides, and the other half are people who might not understand the product, but have fallen in love with how it looks, with a flat, natural finish.

If your cladding needs to go the extra mile and look better than everything else on the block, you know where to go.

Get in touch with
Dryden

Request pricing/info
Visit website
Done tagging

Extending the life of timber cladding

While timber cladding used to be primarily found on agricultural buildings, in the past few decades it has become the covering of choice for a huge range of high-end residential and commercial projects. And at the heart of this process in New Zealand sits Dryden WoodOil, New Zealand made specifically for our unique and exposed conditions.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

While timber cladding used to be primarily found on agricultural buildings, in the past few decades it has become the covering of choice for a huge range of high-end residential and commercial projects. And at the heart of this process in New Zealand sits Dryden WoodOil, New Zealand made specifically for our unique and exposed conditions.

Jon Pearson, director of the company, says that choosing the right oil for timber cladding is one of the most important parts of the process.
“It’s particularly essential if people use cedar board and batten timbers – we see a lot of this in our work.”

Some of the more prominent examples of work that Dryden has done includes the Devonport Library, Karapiro Rowing Club, and the Cancer Society’s Lions Lodge in Hamilton. So what is it that makes using WoodOil so important for commercial and home design?

How often does wood need maintenance?
How often does wood need maintenance?

Keeping it clean
Pearson says that normally, wood stains and oils that come in a 10-litre can will have about six litres of solvent in it, with four litres of solids, which can damage the environment and leaves product that can crack and peel. But Dryden WoodOil is more than 90% solids; this soaks into the timber to protect it.

Dryden also don’t change their proven formula – this happens in

the industry more often than you might think.

“A lot of the time, companies will change their formulas, meaning people don’t always get the product they expected,” Pearson says. “We don’t do that – we’ve had the same product for a long time and will continue to. We just changed our packaging, but it’s still the same proven product on the inside.”

Dryden WoodOil protects timber cladding – extending timber’s service life. 
Dryden WoodOil protects timber cladding – extending timber’s service life. 

Making wood last for the long term
Another important benefit of using products like WoodOil is the long life it gives to timber cladding. “It’s important that the oil actually get into the wood, and not just dry on the surface,” Pearson says. “It extends the service life and prevents cupping, warping or splitting.”

So with new timber products pre-coated in WoodOil, how long can you expect them to last?

“With normal site-specific maintenance, indefinitely,” he adds.
Not all of the work they do is for new builds; WoodOil is also used to spruce up older wood, breathing new life into it and giving it many more years of use. Pearson says that about 60% of their work is for new wood, while 40% is restoration and maintenance.

Customise for best results
Pearson notes that with a huge range of available colours (including customisable colour tones), people can use these products for cladding with any purpose. He says there is normally an even split in people using their products: half are architects and specifiers that understand the high quality that WoodOil provides, and the other half are people who might not understand the product, but have fallen in love with how it looks, with a flat, natural finish.

If your cladding needs to go the extra mile and look better than everything else on the block, you know where to go.

Get in touch with
Dryden

Request pricing/info
Visit website
Recommended reading
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From the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island, New Zealand has a dramatically different...
Contemporary plaster cavity cladding systems offer advanced solutions that exceed current Building Code requirements...
Timber cladding is a quintessential part of the residential New Zealand vernacular, but if not maintained...
Waterproofing systems are seeing a surge in popularity in New Zealand, particularly for external decks and membrane roofing...
Local company CD50 offers a wide range of timber protection and restoration products, and ArchiPro recently asked CD50’s Stephanie Wood a couple of questions about how and when to apply timber oil to keep wood healthy, strong and looking great...
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Extending the life of timber cladding

Extending the life of timber cladding

While timber cladding used to be primarily found on agricultural buildings, in the past few decades it has become the covering of choice for a huge range of high-end residential and commercial projects. And at the heart of this process in New Zealand sits Dryden WoodOil, New Zealand made specifically for our unique and exposed conditions.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

While timber cladding used to be primarily found on agricultural buildings, in the past few decades it has become the covering of choice for a huge range of high-end residential and commercial projects. And at the heart of this process in New Zealand sits Dryden WoodOil, New Zealand made specifically for our unique and exposed conditions.

Jon Pearson, director of the company, says that choosing the right oil for timber cladding is one of the most important parts of the process.
“It’s particularly essential if people use cedar board and batten timbers – we see a lot of this in our work.”

Some of the more prominent examples of work that Dryden has done includes the Devonport Library, Karapiro Rowing Club, and the Cancer Society’s Lions Lodge in Hamilton. So what is it that makes using WoodOil so important for commercial and home design?

How often does wood need maintenance?
How often does wood need maintenance?

Keeping it clean
Pearson says that normally, wood stains and oils that come in a 10-litre can will have about six litres of solvent in it, with four litres of solids, which can damage the environment and leaves product that can crack and peel. But Dryden WoodOil is more than 90% solids; this soaks into the timber to protect it.

Dryden also don’t change their proven formula – this happens in

the industry more often than you might think.

“A lot of the time, companies will change their formulas, meaning people don’t always get the product they expected,” Pearson says. “We don’t do that – we’ve had the same product for a long time and will continue to. We just changed our packaging, but it’s still the same proven product on the inside.”

Dryden WoodOil protects timber cladding – extending timber’s service life. 
Dryden WoodOil protects timber cladding – extending timber’s service life. 

Making wood last for the long term
Another important benefit of using products like WoodOil is the long life it gives to timber cladding. “It’s important that the oil actually get into the wood, and not just dry on the surface,” Pearson says. “It extends the service life and prevents cupping, warping or splitting.”

So with new timber products pre-coated in WoodOil, how long can you expect them to last?

“With normal site-specific maintenance, indefinitely,” he adds.
Not all of the work they do is for new builds; WoodOil is also used to spruce up older wood, breathing new life into it and giving it many more years of use. Pearson says that about 60% of their work is for new wood, while 40% is restoration and maintenance.

Customise for best results
Pearson notes that with a huge range of available colours (including customisable colour tones), people can use these products for cladding with any purpose. He says there is normally an even split in people using their products: half are architects and specifiers that understand the high quality that WoodOil provides, and the other half are people who might not understand the product, but have fallen in love with how it looks, with a flat, natural finish.

If your cladding needs to go the extra mile and look better than everything else on the block, you know where to go.

Get in touch with
Dryden

Request pricing/info
Visit website
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Extending the life of timber cladding

Extending the life of timber cladding

While timber cladding used to be primarily found on agricultural buildings, in the past few decades it has become the covering of choice for a huge range of high-end residential and commercial projects. And at the heart of this process in New Zealand sits Dryden WoodOil, New Zealand made specifically for our unique and exposed conditions.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

While timber cladding used to be primarily found on agricultural buildings, in the past few decades it has become the covering of choice for a huge range of high-end residential and commercial projects. And at the heart of this process in New Zealand sits Dryden WoodOil, New Zealand made specifically for our unique and exposed conditions.

Jon Pearson, director of the company, says that choosing the right oil for timber cladding is one of the most important parts of the process.
“It’s particularly essential if people use cedar board and batten timbers – we see a lot of this in our work.”

Some of the more prominent examples of work that Dryden has done includes the Devonport Library, Karapiro Rowing Club, and the Cancer Society’s Lions Lodge in Hamilton. So what is it that makes using WoodOil so important for commercial and home design?

How often does wood need maintenance?
How often does wood need maintenance?

Keeping it clean
Pearson says that normally, wood stains and oils that come in a 10-litre can will have about six litres of solvent in it, with four litres of solids, which can damage the environment and leaves product that can crack and peel. But Dryden WoodOil is more than 90% solids; this soaks into the timber to protect it.

Dryden also don’t change their proven formula – this happens in

the industry more often than you might think.

“A lot of the time, companies will change their formulas, meaning people don’t always get the product they expected,” Pearson says. “We don’t do that – we’ve had the same product for a long time and will continue to. We just changed our packaging, but it’s still the same proven product on the inside.”

Dryden WoodOil protects timber cladding – extending timber’s service life. 
Dryden WoodOil protects timber cladding – extending timber’s service life. 

Making wood last for the long term
Another important benefit of using products like WoodOil is the long life it gives to timber cladding. “It’s important that the oil actually get into the wood, and not just dry on the surface,” Pearson says. “It extends the service life and prevents cupping, warping or splitting.”

So with new timber products pre-coated in WoodOil, how long can you expect them to last?

“With normal site-specific maintenance, indefinitely,” he adds.
Not all of the work they do is for new builds; WoodOil is also used to spruce up older wood, breathing new life into it and giving it many more years of use. Pearson says that about 60% of their work is for new wood, while 40% is restoration and maintenance.

Customise for best results
Pearson notes that with a huge range of available colours (including customisable colour tones), people can use these products for cladding with any purpose. He says there is normally an even split in people using their products: half are architects and specifiers that understand the high quality that WoodOil provides, and the other half are people who might not understand the product, but have fallen in love with how it looks, with a flat, natural finish.

If your cladding needs to go the extra mile and look better than everything else on the block, you know where to go.

Get in touch with
Dryden

Request pricing/info
Visit website
Done tagging

Extending the life of timber cladding

While timber cladding used to be primarily found on agricultural buildings, in the past few decades it has become the covering of choice for a huge range of high-end residential and commercial projects. And at the heart of this process in New Zealand sits Dryden WoodOil, New Zealand made specifically for our unique and exposed conditions.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

While timber cladding used to be primarily found on agricultural buildings, in the past few decades it has become the covering of choice for a huge range of high-end residential and commercial projects. And at the heart of this process in New Zealand sits Dryden WoodOil, New Zealand made specifically for our unique and exposed conditions.

Jon Pearson, director of the company, says that choosing the right oil for timber cladding is one of the most important parts of the process.
“It’s particularly essential if people use cedar board and batten timbers – we see a lot of this in our work.”

Some of the more prominent examples of work that Dryden has done includes the Devonport Library, Karapiro Rowing Club, and the Cancer Society’s Lions Lodge in Hamilton. So what is it that makes using WoodOil so important for commercial and home design?

How often does wood need maintenance?
How often does wood need maintenance?

Keeping it clean
Pearson says that normally, wood stains and oils that come in a 10-litre can will have about six litres of solvent in it, with four litres of solids, which can damage the environment and leaves product that can crack and peel. But Dryden WoodOil is more than 90% solids; this soaks into the timber to protect it.

Dryden also don’t change their proven formula – this happens in

the industry more often than you might think.

“A lot of the time, companies will change their formulas, meaning people don’t always get the product they expected,” Pearson says. “We don’t do that – we’ve had the same product for a long time and will continue to. We just changed our packaging, but it’s still the same proven product on the inside.”

Dryden WoodOil protects timber cladding – extending timber’s service life. 
Dryden WoodOil protects timber cladding – extending timber’s service life. 

Making wood last for the long term
Another important benefit of using products like WoodOil is the long life it gives to timber cladding. “It’s important that the oil actually get into the wood, and not just dry on the surface,” Pearson says. “It extends the service life and prevents cupping, warping or splitting.”

So with new timber products pre-coated in WoodOil, how long can you expect them to last?

“With normal site-specific maintenance, indefinitely,” he adds.
Not all of the work they do is for new builds; WoodOil is also used to spruce up older wood, breathing new life into it and giving it many more years of use. Pearson says that about 60% of their work is for new wood, while 40% is restoration and maintenance.

Customise for best results
Pearson notes that with a huge range of available colours (including customisable colour tones), people can use these products for cladding with any purpose. He says there is normally an even split in people using their products: half are architects and specifiers that understand the high quality that WoodOil provides, and the other half are people who might not understand the product, but have fallen in love with how it looks, with a flat, natural finish.

If your cladding needs to go the extra mile and look better than everything else on the block, you know where to go.

Get in touch with
Dryden

Request pricing/info
Visit website
Recommended reading
The difference between a nice building and a beautiful one lies in the detail - something a brand new and highly distinctive aluminium cladding and roofing solution can now provide...
From the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island, New Zealand has a dramatically different...
Contemporary plaster cavity cladding systems offer advanced solutions that exceed current Building Code requirements...
Timber cladding is a quintessential part of the residential New Zealand vernacular, but if not maintained...
Waterproofing systems are seeing a surge in popularity in New Zealand, particularly for external decks and membrane roofing...
Local company CD50 offers a wide range of timber protection and restoration products, and ArchiPro recently asked CD50’s Stephanie Wood a couple of questions about how and when to apply timber oil to keep wood healthy, strong and looking great...
Natural is all the rage at the moment when it comes to colouring cladding. But what does natural mean,...
Waterproofing membranes have generally been designed for low-slope roofs that were mostly unseen, and as...
Transform your garage into an additional living space—and back again—with the right doors.
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Extending the life of timber cladding

Extending the life of timber cladding

While timber cladding used to be primarily found on agricultural buildings, in the past few decades it has become the covering of choice for a huge range of high-end residential and commercial projects. And at the heart of this process in New Zealand sits Dryden WoodOil, New Zealand made specifically for our unique and exposed conditions.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

While timber cladding used to be primarily found on agricultural buildings, in the past few decades it has become the covering of choice for a huge range of high-end residential and commercial projects. And at the heart of this process in New Zealand sits Dryden WoodOil, New Zealand made specifically for our unique and exposed conditions.

Jon Pearson, director of the company, says that choosing the right oil for timber cladding is one of the most important parts of the process.
“It’s particularly essential if people use cedar board and batten timbers – we see a lot of this in our work.”

Some of the more prominent examples of work that Dryden has done includes the Devonport Library, Karapiro Rowing Club, and the Cancer Society’s Lions Lodge in Hamilton. So what is it that makes using WoodOil so important for commercial and home design?

How often does wood need maintenance?
How often does wood need maintenance?

Keeping it clean
Pearson says that normally, wood stains and oils that come in a 10-litre can will have about six litres of solvent in it, with four litres of solids, which can damage the environment and leaves product that can crack and peel. But Dryden WoodOil is more than 90% solids; this soaks into the timber to protect it.

Dryden also don’t change their proven formula – this happens in

the industry more often than you might think.

“A lot of the time, companies will change their formulas, meaning people don’t always get the product they expected,” Pearson says. “We don’t do that – we’ve had the same product for a long time and will continue to. We just changed our packaging, but it’s still the same proven product on the inside.”

Dryden WoodOil protects timber cladding – extending timber’s service life. 
Dryden WoodOil protects timber cladding – extending timber’s service life. 

Making wood last for the long term
Another important benefit of using products like WoodOil is the long life it gives to timber cladding. “It’s important that the oil actually get into the wood, and not just dry on the surface,” Pearson says. “It extends the service life and prevents cupping, warping or splitting.”

So with new timber products pre-coated in WoodOil, how long can you expect them to last?

“With normal site-specific maintenance, indefinitely,” he adds.
Not all of the work they do is for new builds; WoodOil is also used to spruce up older wood, breathing new life into it and giving it many more years of use. Pearson says that about 60% of their work is for new wood, while 40% is restoration and maintenance.

Customise for best results
Pearson notes that with a huge range of available colours (including customisable colour tones), people can use these products for cladding with any purpose. He says there is normally an even split in people using their products: half are architects and specifiers that understand the high quality that WoodOil provides, and the other half are people who might not understand the product, but have fallen in love with how it looks, with a flat, natural finish.

If your cladding needs to go the extra mile and look better than everything else on the block, you know where to go.

Get in touch with
Dryden

Request pricing/info
Visit website
Done tagging
Extending the life of timber cladding

Extending the life of timber cladding

While timber cladding used to be primarily found on agricultural buildings, in the past few decades it has become the covering of choice for a huge range of high-end residential and commercial projects. And at the heart of this process in New Zealand sits Dryden WoodOil, New Zealand made specifically for our unique and exposed conditions.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

While timber cladding used to be primarily found on agricultural buildings, in the past few decades it has become the covering of choice for a huge range of high-end residential and commercial projects. And at the heart of this process in New Zealand sits Dryden WoodOil, New Zealand made specifically for our unique and exposed conditions.

Jon Pearson, director of the company, says that choosing the right oil for timber cladding is one of the most important parts of the process.
“It’s particularly essential if people use cedar board and batten timbers – we see a lot of this in our work.”

Some of the more prominent examples of work that Dryden has done includes the Devonport Library, Karapiro Rowing Club, and the Cancer Society’s Lions Lodge in Hamilton. So what is it that makes using WoodOil so important for commercial and home design?

How often does wood need maintenance?
How often does wood need maintenance?

Keeping it clean
Pearson says that normally, wood stains and oils that come in a 10-litre can will have about six litres of solvent in it, with four litres of solids, which can damage the environment and leaves product that can crack and peel. But Dryden WoodOil is more than 90% solids; this soaks into the timber to protect it.

Dryden also don’t change their proven formula – this happens in

the industry more often than you might think.

“A lot of the time, companies will change their formulas, meaning people don’t always get the product they expected,” Pearson says. “We don’t do that – we’ve had the same product for a long time and will continue to. We just changed our packaging, but it’s still the same proven product on the inside.”

Dryden WoodOil protects timber cladding – extending timber’s service life. 
Dryden WoodOil protects timber cladding – extending timber’s service life. 

Making wood last for the long term
Another important benefit of using products like WoodOil is the long life it gives to timber cladding. “It’s important that the oil actually get into the wood, and not just dry on the surface,” Pearson says. “It extends the service life and prevents cupping, warping or splitting.”

So with new timber products pre-coated in WoodOil, how long can you expect them to last?

“With normal site-specific maintenance, indefinitely,” he adds.
Not all of the work they do is for new builds; WoodOil is also used to spruce up older wood, breathing new life into it and giving it many more years of use. Pearson says that about 60% of their work is for new wood, while 40% is restoration and maintenance.

Customise for best results
Pearson notes that with a huge range of available colours (including customisable colour tones), people can use these products for cladding with any purpose. He says there is normally an even split in people using their products: half are architects and specifiers that understand the high quality that WoodOil provides, and the other half are people who might not understand the product, but have fallen in love with how it looks, with a flat, natural finish.

If your cladding needs to go the extra mile and look better than everything else on the block, you know where to go.

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