Varnish enhances timber’s appearance, coating it with a protective layer keeping it as durable as possible. As there are different kinds of wood, its reaction toward varnish becomes unpredictable. So what decking varnish goes best with timber cladding specifically? Let’s have a little background of which may be the best wood to use for cladding to understand it better.
Softwood vs Hardwood
While softwood more or less, 80% of all timber, is much preferred over hardwood for numerous reasons. It is sustainable compared to the hardwood on top of being resistant to fungal growth, moisture, and termites. Which makes them unlikely to turn brittle. This trait makes softwood timber ideal for exterior projects and enhancement such as aesthetic cladding and decking.
Now that you’re aware of softwood’s qualities, you may ask which is best to
apply to your wood to preserve its performance. Will it be Decking oil or Stain?
Well, you need to know that oil provides wood surfaces’ high durability as it naturally repels water, stains, and dirt. If any of these would accidentally get on your oiled wood surface, it will just slide off. While it may be superior over varnishes based on the wood’s ability to get revived, the required finish is more attainable than the required one. Ideally, you apply a coat of oil after sanding it very lightly.
However, varnish and stain offer luster and gives a new fresh look each time it gets applied to wood. Equally, it preserves wood, but it does so differently. The coat it makes saves the wood from being harbored by insects and termites. And this is most important if you’re surroundings are infested with it. Dust may also be easily brushed off and cleared off varnished wood surfaces. And while we’re at it, here are some varnish products worth considering for your next project.
Rustins EAVS1000 Outdoor Varnish Satin 1L
This clear varnish coat is for ensuring your garden furniture remains beautifully maintained and protected from the weather it is exposed to outside. It helps in protecting the wood from direct harmful UV rays of the sun. Its one-of-a-kind formulation dries up in no time, leaving a smooth finish to your wood surface. Its best qualities include a quick-drying formula and a glossy and satin finish. It is available in clear coating, and it assures long-lasting protection.
EVERBUILD EVBWSAP750 Quick-Dry Wood Stain Satin, Antique Pine
Like Rustins EAVS1000 Outdoor Varnish Satin, EVERBUILD EVBWSAP750 protects the wood from the sun’s harmful UV rays. As it helps it from garnering further damage and decay, it assures it of long-lasting performance. Smooth application is targeted by its low solvent formulation, including an aim for a natural wooden finish. Because it doesn’t need too thick of a coating, it doesn’t crack and stretch.
RONSEAL YVS1L Exterior Yacht Varnish Satin 1L
Wanting a satin finish but are worried about the usual varnish odor that’s very strong, you tear up? Well, here’s a solvent-based varnish that wows out the crowd because it doesn’t have that. It’s easy to apply and has water-proof properties on top of the protection it gives your wood from the harmful UV rays. By preventing water damage to accumulate, it ensures you of a long-lasting benefit from RONSEAL.
Varnish coatings can go as far as how their formulation allows them to perform. But the real maintenance comes from its owners. Timber is naturally beautiful and both oil and the varnish would enhance it both equally. Though having a timely maintenance check and general cleaning could rule out simple causes of decay and damage altogether.