The elements will batter wood when it is left outside. Although all wood will go through some for of biological deterioration and wetting, the degree depends in large part on your climate. The moisture load is the biggest factor that affects decking and cladding. Naturally, the type of wood is also important. Working out how often you should treat and clean your wood depends very strongly on climatic factors. This is why it is so strange that there aren’t any official guidelines on how to treat wood depending on climate. however, things are changing and some studies are now being completed. A range of wood types have been tested over 34 months, exposing them to different weathers and different climates. This study was able to identify the life span of various different species, depending on exposure and orientation.
The study identified that orientation (north or south) plays a really important role. Furthermore, if the wood was in a horizontal position, it would experience more moisture than if it was vertical. Clearly, wood placed in very wet climates were affected more strongly. It also found that wood changes for a while just after a rain event, and the quicker it dries, the better it is. The results were very similar across different types of wood, which was very interesting.
Indeed, all wood types respond almost the same way to the same climate types. This is why it is so important for people to keep their wood dry when they clean it. Wood can also be protected, which is necessary in wetter climates. Hence, these people should use a treatment such as a varnish that will render the wood waterproof to some degree. Additionally, it is important to recognize other elements that will have an affect. For instance, the sun’s constant UV rays cause significant damage to wood. This is why it is important to use a UV protective coating in warmer climates. You should also make sure that fallen leaves are removed from your wood. The first problem with these leaves is that they are full of moisture. Additionally, these leaves contain a range of bacteria that can create entire colonies of mold and fungus. This is why the recommendation is to use a hard bristled brush to push away the leaves as well as a lot of water. You should have received instructions on how to clean and treat your wood when you installed it, which you have to follow. Do be aware, however, that these are not specific to climate.