Protecting Gates that use Western Red Cedar from water absorption, UV damage (ultraviolet rays) and insects can help prevent problems and will significantly prolong the life of your gate.
It is important to protect exterior wood from water absorption because water can cause significant damage to wood over time. When wood absorbs water, it can swell and shrink, which can lead to warping, splitting, and cracking. This can compromise the structural integrity of the wood, making it less durable and more susceptible to decay.
Ultraviolet Rays (UV)
It is important to protect exterior wood from sunlight and ultraviolet (UV) rays because prolonged exposure to sunlight and UV radiation can cause the wood to degrade and deteriorate over time. The sun’s rays can break down the lignin in the wood, which is responsible for holding the wood fibers together. This can cause the wood to become brittle and lose its strength. Additionally, sunlight and UV rays can cause the wood to fade, discolor, and lose its natural beauty. This can be especially problematic for wood that is used for aesthetic purposes, such as decks, fences, and siding.
Additionally, when wood is exposed to moisture over a long period of time, it can attract fungi and insects that feed on the wood. This can lead to rotting and decay, which can be difficult and expensive to repair.
Methods include applying a protective coating, such as paint or stain, that will seal the wood and prevent moisture from penetrating the surface. Regular maintenance, including cleaning and reapplication of the protective coating, can help ensure that the wood remains protected over time.
Pacific Gate Works offers a hand-applied clear finish, available upon request. It is clear exterior alkyd-based finish is a protective, penetrating coating that provides a glossy, durable, and weather-resistant layer to the wood surface. The alkyd-based finish creates a barrier against moisture, UV rays, and weathering, preserving the wood’s natural appearance and durability.
Increasing the durability of your wood gate investment by protecting the wood is important, which is why we suggest selecting the pro-finish option for our gates. Learn more about our pro-finish application process and maintaining your finish over time.