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Lawsons are the largest independent timber, building & fencing merchants in London and the South East of England. Established in 1921 Lawsons now have a number of branches offering the complete range of building materials.

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How Are Fences Treated?

How Are Fences Treated?

Timber has been used outdoors for millennia – it’s an eco-friendly, durable, and versatile material that can be used for everything from decking, fencing, and sleepers through to general furniture and garden accessories.

However, wood can succumb to moisture and rot if not properly maintained. At Lawsons, we treat our outdoor wood products, such as our green fencing, to ensure that it looks its best and stays strong for as long as possible.

What is Pressure Treating?

We choose pressure treatment for the majority of our products. This method forces preservatives into the timber under a lot of pressure to ensure that it penetrates the grain properly. The timber is placed in a vacuum after the preservatives have been applied, and the wood is then subjected to high pressure.

What Are the Benefits of Pressure Treating Wood?

This treatment is effective against insects and fungal decay, which means that you do not need to worry about holes and weak points in your wood until it’s time for your annual maintenance. This is especially important when the wooden product has ‘ground contact’, which means that it touches the floor and therefore any surface water that might accumulate there.

This treatment also lasts longer than drip treating on average – sometimes this increases the price of the product slightly, but it also means that you save money in the long run since you do not need to buy maintenance products or replace your outdoor timber as frequently. As with any purchase, you should weigh up the initial costs against the costs of additional maintenance or even having to replace the entire item sooner. Fences and decking, in particular, can be costly to replace and take a lot of labour to complete so it’s best to invest in the future of your garden.