“Natural means different things to different people,” Jon says. “So it’s always the first question we ask as the answer will mean going in one of two very different directions.”
To some, natural means the weathered, silvered look where timber has been allowed to age naturally. But to others, it means the natural look of the timber when it is first processed - the rich, deep colouring of the grain before it has weathered.
“If a client’s perception of natural is the first option, then the Dryden WoodOil they would choose would be a 'clear' finish that protects the timber but also allows it to silver off naturally.” Dryden WoodOil protects the timber from the elements, including moisture, and reduces cupping, warping and splitting.
“If a clear oil is not applied and the boards are left to weather naturally, after a while they will cup and warp, which is why it is recommended to use the clear oil to protect the timber and reduce maintenance over time but extending the service life of the cladding.