The rainy and winter seasons can have devastating effects on wood-related projects. However, does this mean you should close your workshop and stop all your projects?
Excessive rain, hail, or snow can hinder the success and effectiveness of your project. These elements cause rotting, warping, and swelling of your wood, making it vital for you to devise means to protect your wooden surfaces. That will ensure that you keep your workshop running and still deliver quality wood products to your customers.
You don’t have to stop all your wood-related projects simply because of the upcoming rainy or winter seasons. But instead, here are ways through which you can manage your projects during the harsh winter months.
Effects of the Rainy and Winter Season on Wood-Related Projects
Apart from the decrease in customers, unprotected wood surfaces are susceptible to all kinds of damage during the winter season, including:
- Discoloration because of wet rot developing in the wood.
- The piece of wood could soften or become spongy.
- The growth of fungus, which is harmful to both the wood and people.
- Cracking of the wooden surfaces after drying up.
How to Manage Your Projects During the Rainy and Winter Seasons
1. Choose the Right Type of Wood
The maintenance needs will depend on the type of wood you use for your project. By selecting suitable wood, your product will be durable and stable, with the ability to withstand the harsh winter season. Even though the type of wood varies with the project, Xcelerated wood is more advantageous. It is affordable and requires little or no maintenance, making it easier to work with during the cold seasons.
2. Work From Indoors
Even though it is obvious, you should move all your operations indoors. This involves moving any external wooden furniture into a shed or any other covered space available. Create shelter or ensure your workshop can accommodate your products before the winter begins.
3. Use Wood Treatment Products
These include water-based or oil-based wood stain or timber preserve and acrylic varnish that help prevent the damaging effect of water on wooden surfaces. You can use them on large wood-related projects like fences to protect the large wooden surfaces due to their excellent water-resistant properties that protect your wood.
4. Cover Your Wood Products and Materials
Covering your wooden products with water-resistant materials prevents snow, water, and hail from coming directly in contact with the surfaces. This is suitable for small furniture projects.
5. Use Stain Sealants
Stain sealants not only make your wood water-resistant but also enhance its natural beauty. They work fast, making them suitable for quick projects and protecting large ones like wood decks. These sealants have color pigments combined with binders, which add color and water resistance properties to wood.
Staining is challenging during the cold weather. Applying stains in a warm environment like a heated garage helps solve that. You should also warm it before using it on wood for better results.
How We Can Help
You cannot ignore any damage caused to the wood during the winter season, no matter how minor it might seem. That is because it will cause long-term harm, leading to costly repairs or, sometimes, wood replacement. At CDA Wood, we can help you choose the suitable wood for your project and offer professional advice to help you succeed in any wood-related project.