Autumn is a beautiful season, with its crisp air and colourful foliage. However, as the leaves start to fall and the weather turns damper, it can be harsh on your timber garden products.

Whether you’ve invested in outdoor timber furniture, decking, fencing, or other timber structures like pergolas or sleepers, protecting them from the elements and ensuring their longevity is essential. Here are a few quick fix maintenance tips to keep your timber in top condition this autumn:

  1. Regular Cleaning: The first step in autumn timber care is regular cleaning. Leaves, dirt, and debris can accumulate on your timber surfaces, leading to moisture buildup and potential mould growth. Use a stiff brush or a leaf blower to clear these elements from your timber products. Make sure to clean all crevices and corners, as these areas are often overlooked and prone to moisture retention.
  2. Sealing and Staining: All our timber products are treated for their particular use, however, to further protect your timber from the rain and moisture that autumn brings, consider applying a protective sealant or stain. This not only acts as a barrier against the elements but also enhances the timber’s natural beauty. Before applying a sealant, clean the surface thoroughly and allow it to dry. Choose a product that is suitable for your specific timber type and make sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for application.
  3. Inspect for Damage: Autumn is a good time to inspect your timber products for any signs of wear and tear. Look for cracks, splinters, or areas that have become loose. Address these issues promptly to prevent further deterioration throughout winter. Sand down any rough areas and reseal them if necessary. For more extensive repairs, consult with a professional or your timber supplier.
  4. Waterproofing: For outdoor timber furniture and structures like pergolas and gazebos, consider using waterproof covers during the autumn months. These covers provide an extra layer of protection against the bitter autumn rain and moisture. Ensure that the covers fit securely to prevent water from seeping through. Don’t forget to remove the covers and allow the timber to breathe during dry spells to prevent mould growth.
  5. Gutter Maintenance: Gutters play a crucial role in protecting your timber structures from water damage. Ensure that your gutters are clear of debris, so water flows freely and doesn’t overflow onto your timber products. Clogged gutters can lead to water pooling around your timber, causing long-term damage.
  6. Regular Inspection: Finally, don’t neglect regular inspections throughout the autumn season. Keep a vigilant eye on your timber products and make any necessary repairs as you go. The key to preserving the longevity and beauty of your timber is proactive maintenance.

By following these comprehensive maintenance tips, you can ensure your timber products withstand the challenges of autumn and remain both beautiful and functional for many seasons to come.

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