Upkeep

Treating Your Hardwood

We suggest that you use LOBA Clear Teak and Hardwood Oil or ProNature.

LOBA is only available from Zimbo’s Trading and comes in 12 l tins or 750 ml

We can purchase it for you!

ProNature is available from these locations.

Prices delivered are:

LOBA

R450 plus VAT per tin – 750 ml – I tin will do 10m²
R 3000 plus VAT – 12 l tin – will do 120m²

Pro Nature

RR1250 plus VAT per tin – 5 Litres – 1 tin will do 50m²

General notes

  1. Insufficient oiling of the deck: This will result in the timber fading and showing drying cracks. The use of varnishes and heavy sealers is NOT recommended. These products prevent the timber from releasing rain water & natural oils and eventually cause cracking and over drying of the timber.
  2. Hardwoods (Balau Maccaranduba and Garappa and Purple Heart):
    No maintenance is required, but an oil once a year will nourish the timber and keep it from cracking. It also helps to maintain the colour – but all timber will silver as a result of oxidisation.

Linseed and Turps – R57.50 / m²
Sand and treat with Linseed and turps – R230.00 / m²
Lobo Oil Only – R115.00 / m²
Sand and Oil with lobo – R402.50 / m²
Pro Nature Only R6p.00 / m²
Sand and Oil with Pro Nature – R345.00 / m²

A minimum charge of R1200.00 applies. Prices include VAT.

Treating Your Pine Deck

After installation, a treatment should be done to feed oil back into the timber. Please note this is not part of our quote – it is always a lot cheaper to have a painter or gardener do this than have a carpenter do the painting.

Options available are:

  1. Galseal
    This can be applied when the timber is dry and then reapplied as necessary – a 2nd coat probably after 6 months and then yearly.
  2. Alternatively Boiled linseed oil thinned with turpentine can also be used.
  3. ProNature – available here

The use of surface sealers and varnishes is not recommended as this causes the timber to heat up excessively in hot conditions and does not allow the timber to breathe.

General notes

Longevity: The first question we are asked: “How long will pine decking last ?” We have good experience that if a pine deck is properly maintained from the beginning it can last indefinitely.

Insufficient oiling of the deck: This will result in the timber fading and showing drying cracks. The use of varnishes and heavy sealers is NOT recommended. These products prevent the timber from releasing rain water and eventually cause cracking and over drying of the timber. Remember that the CCA treatment of pine does NOT protect against drying out, cracking or UV degradation. This is a common misconception. Timber decking needs to be protected from the elements by feeding oil back into the timber at regular periods depending on exposure.

South African Pine decking is an excellent exterior decking. If installed and screwed correctly, there is little reason that pine decking should not last for many years
The timber we use is treated with CCA to H3 exterior specifications ensuring guaranteed protection against timber rot and termite attack.