Your exterior wood is only as good as you care for it. It can sometimes be very demanding if you are not careful to maintain it and give it the care that it deserves. Exterior wood is a more special type since it is the type of wood that affects your home's outward appearance. Here's how to care for any exposed wood that is outside.
- Assess the damage, if any. The first thing you need to do in caring for your exterior wood is to do an intensive ocular inspection of the entire area covered by your exterior wood. This way, you will be able to check if there are already some damages or pending damage in your wood. This should be the top priority for you.
- Address the immediate damage first. Get a sealant or at least make sure that the damaged portion gets dealt with before it spreads out to harm its immediate vicinity. This is the most important step if you are new to the whole idea of caring for your exterior wood.
- A protective layer may be a good option. Learn from the mistakes of previous damages. If you can get yourself a good wood protective layer that you can apply regularly for fine tuning your exterior wood, then that is a very wise decision and investment. Many a home owner have been spared from undue damage with this very simple act of getting a good protective layer.
- Keep them dry as much as possible. This may be difficult in the face of storms and what not, but you need to keep your exterior wood dry except when extraordinary circumstances dictate that it stays wet.
- Add a gutter. Moisture can damage exterior wood faster than termites can. So if you can add a gutter and help channel off all the excess water on your exterior covering, then do so. A gutter will help to serve as a protective barrier for the edges of your exterior wood.
- Remove hollow areas. Holes in the wood will be a good breeding place for termites. So if you can keep it as solid as possible, then it will give you less headaches.
- Replace and add more preventive measures if you have to. Sometimes all your best saving efforts will not be enough. Make sure that you have a lot of preventive measures and at the same time, make the replacements if you really have to.
Don't let your exterior wood nag at you needlessly with a hideous appearance. Be very mindful with the kind of exterior wood that you are buying and if you can, keep a record of how long a certain brand lasts before you needed a replacement. This way, you can consider trying out a better brand or at least, know the limitations of the current exterior wood that you are using.