Maintaining and Conserving Timber
Protecting your property from timber deterioration
Stonehouse are timber treatment and conservation specialists. Timber is a durable material that has many qualities both structurally and aesthetically.
The impressive mushrooms of active dry rot, the bore holes of death watch beetle and woodworm are always an indication that timbers are in contact with moisture. Wood-boring beetles thrive on damp conditions within a property and can have a lifespan of between 3-5 years, the most common being the ‘Common Furniture Beetle’.
Dry rot is a wood-rotting fungi that occurs through damp conditions such as penetrating damp or rising damp. The moisture content needed for dry rot to occur is over 20%.
We have a great love and respect for timber and all its various species and prefer to treat the causes of any infestation and eliminating them, rather than the symptoms. Isolating the moisture source will control the outbreak. We aim to conserve the timber and avoid the use of chemicals wherever possible.
We take into consideration the type of timber and its natural resilience before recommending solutions. If a timber has been used in an inappropriate situation, we may have no option but to replace it with a more durable type.
Occasionally, targeted timber treatments or repairs are necessary when sections are structurally weakened or if the drying out process is protracted, but this is only specified by Stonehouse as a last resort.
Please contact us to discover how we can help preserve and conserve timber in your property.