Considerations at design stage regarding the accessibility, positioning and finish should be discussed between the client and builder. The expected outcome will determine the level of maintenance required. The extent of maintenance can depend on two main points;
1. The type of finish that’s applied – All external coatings need to be applied and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
2. The amount of additional protection the façade has from the weather including the degree of sun exposure – Extra protection can include wide eaves, soffits, avoiding water traps, utilise balconies/ covered space or even glass panelling installed in front of the cladding.
For a minimal maintenance option, consider allowing WOOD ELEMENTS to weather naturally. With this you should expect increased checking, fading and greying of the timber cladding. Greying affects the surface of the timber, if a change in appearance is decided WOOD ELEMENTS can be rejuvenated and finished to the new desired effect. Please note: An extensive process may be required to prepare the surface for rejuvenating and finishing, depending on the degree in breakdown of the surface fibres.
WOOD ELEMENTS requires no structural maintenance once installed correctly.
Maintenance Shou Sugi Ban
It is well known that any timber left uncoated and exposed to direct or indirect sunlight will inevitably weather and grey off. Hurford’s Shou Sugi Ban Refined Architectural Cladding is no exception.
Shou Sugi Ban is supplied pre-oiled with Feast Watson Timber and Deck Stain, Black Japan to assist in the protection from aging and colour change. During installation it is required you coat any sawn cut exposed ends with Feast Watson Timber and Deck Stain, Black Japan. Once Shou Sugi Ban Refined Architectural Cladding is installed, apply a second coat of Feast Watson Timber and Deck Stain, Black Japan to hide any imperfections that may occur during installation.
Periodic maintenance, including reapplying a fresh coat of Feast Watson Timber and Deck Stain, Black Japan is required to maintain the dark burnt texture of the product. Leaving the product unmaintained or uncoated will lead to the dark Shou Sugi Ban to naturally fade and age, changing its appearance. This change in appearance will not affect the performance of the product.
For more information on Feast Watson Timber and Deck Stain, Black Japan maintenance or to find a stockist please click on their website www.feastwatson.co.nz or phone FREECALL 0800 222 687.