How to treat your timber in our wet winter weather

How to treat your timber in our wet winter weather

This winter has been one of the wettest on memory, feeling like there’s been weeks and weeks of rain without much let up. When the weather gets miserable and it’s wet, windy and gloomy outside, it’s wise to think about protecting your external wood to prevent weather damage. It’s important to protect your fences, shed and outdoor timber throughout the year, but the wet winter months can really punish unprotected timber, leading to problems like wet rot and fungus.

Britain’s heavy rain makes wet rot extremely common; it can cause structural defects in buildings, damage [fences] and ruin [sheds] INSERT LINK  Yet with a few simple steps, wet rot and the fungus and mould it brings with it can be avoided.

Here’re our tips on how to make sure your wood is well protected against the elements:

React quickly to a break in the weather

It might seem obvious to say it, but you don’t want to be applying treatments to wood in the pouring rain! If the wood is soaking wet, your treatment won’t be absorbed deeply and evenly. That makes the summer and autumn months the best time to think about protecting and treating your wood, but it’s not foolproof then either; if it’s too hot outside when you apply treatments, they can dry out too quickly and will look streaky.

If you’re doing this in winter, wait until there’s a break in the weather and we get a dry day or two without too much wind; make sure your wood has dried out too before you start working!

Prepare your wood before applying any treatments

Wood treatment products only work if the wood is clean and dry to begin with; warm, soapy water and a stiff brush is all you’ll need to clean away any dirt, cobwebs and debris left on your timber. If there’s paint flaking away, a wire brush is perfect for taking it clean off.

Choose the right treatment for your wood

There’s a lot of different wood treatment products on the market, but most of them fall into main simple categories: wood stains are watery dyes that soak into the wood, changing the colour but leaving the grain visible. Paints sit on the surface of wood and act as a barrier against water, damp and rot. Special wood preservers are a perfect for wood exposed to particularly harsh weather, while clear wood preservative offers a layer of protection without covering up the great natural colour of your wood. Also, double check that the products you’re using are definitely waterproof!

Whether you need some kit to apply your wood preservers, or you think your timbers might be too far gone to save, Ruby UK has got plenty of products worth looking at; visit for our range of timber products including fence posts and more, click here.