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Preserving Your Shed With Pressure Treated Timber

With a garden shed, it's likely to be exposed to a variety of weather conditions, which over the winter will be harsh on the timber your shed is made from. Untreated timber will rot and decay over time from rainfall and the cold wintry conditions, which is why almost all shed manufacturers provide spray treatment of sheds in order to vastly prolong the life of the shed.

One thing that most shed manufacturers don't offer, however, is a more advanced treatment that prolongs the life of the timbers of your shed for a much longer period of time, called Pressure Treatment. This treatment allows your shed to remain rot free for over 10 years, even when in contact with the ground.

Pressure Treated Timber Workshops become water repellent rather than just water-resistant, the water will literally glide off and away from the timber rather than sit and pool on the surface. This is key to allowing the timber to survive without rot for a significantly longer period of time; ensuring water is unable to seep into the wood and therefore prevents rot.

So how does pressure treatment work?

Firstly, the timber is loaded into a treatment vessel. The initial vacuum is applied, thus removing the air from the timber cells. Once under the vacuum, the cylinder is flooded with Tanalith E wood preservative along with extra additives.

Hydraulic pressure is then applied to the timber to force the preservative deep into the structure of the timber rather than just sitting on top of the wood. Once the preservative is within the timber, the vacuum is removed, with excess preservative solution pumped back into storage to be used on the next timber.

Therefore in comparison to spray treatment, where a preservative is covered over the timber, pressure treatment allows for the timber to be covered with preservative inside and out, making it much more reliable and less likely to rot. Think of it as spray treatment being a covering of paint - eventually, that paint will wear away leaving the wood exposed to rainfall once more. All the while, pressure treated timber lasts even longer, with the timber being protected not only on the outside but on the inside too, making rainfall almost impenetrable with pressure treated timber.

A shed is an investment for many years to come, so if you're looking at buying a new garden shed, then seriously consider buying a shed with pressure treated timber and save yourself money and hassle by having your shed last considerably longer against the threat of rainfall and harsh weather.

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