After Purchase: Taking Care of Your Wooden Home

Have you already built or are you considering building your wooden home? In this article, we will provide you with some useful tips on how to take care of the wood in your home, ensuring its appearance and longevity over time.

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The first distinction to make is between outdoor structures such as pergolas or awnings and structures like buildings, houses, or roofings made of wood. The latter represents the soul of the structure and is located inside the building, with no direct contact with the exterior.

Therefore, the second category does not require any special maintenance different from traditional houses. In fact, houses built over 20 years ago are still in perfect condition.

Wood, being a “living material”, needs to be protected and preserved from external factors such as weather conditions and sunlight. This is done during the construction/assembly phase of the structure, ensuring that all necessary precautions are taken.

For example, in most structures, the exterior is covered with insulation and plaster, while the interior is finished with drywall.

As for the roofing, maintenance for the portion inside the house is minimal, requiring only regular cleaning. However, for the exterior portion, as it may be exposed to sunlight or weather conditions, a touch-up of the paint may be necessary, just like in traditional constructions.

On the other hand, outdoor structures such as pergolas or awnings (anything that is located outside and where the wooden part is not completely covered/protected) require additional care to preserve the wood and enhance its long-term resistance. Here are some tips to follow:

  1. Regular Inspections
    The first step in caring for wood is to conduct regular inspections to identify any damage or signs of deterioration. If you notice cracks, dents, or signs of moisture, address the issue immediately to prevent it from worsening.
  1. Protects against the Weather
    Wood is susceptible to the effects of weather conditions, so it is crucial to adequately protect it from moisture and direct sunlight. Apply a layer of protective varnish or sealant to the exterior parts and structural elements to create a barrier against the elements. Periodically check the condition of this protection and reapply the treatment if necessary.
  1. Regular Cleaning
    Keep the wood clean through regular cleaning, but be sure to avoid the use of harsh chemicals that could damage the wood’s finish.
  1. Moisture Control
    Wood is sensitive to humidity fluctuations, so it is essential to avoid exposing it to direct sources of moisture, such as water infiltration or condensation, as they can cause permanent damage.
  1. Periodic Treatments
    To preserve the natural appearance of the wood, it may be necessary to apply periodic treatments such as oils, waxes, or transparent varnishes. These treatments help nourish the wood, protect it from stains and fading over time, and maintain its beauty. Consult one of our technicians for specific advice on choosing the most suitable treatments for your type of wood.

Taking care of your wooden structure requires some effort, but the results will be rewarding. By following the aforementioned tips and maintaining a regular maintenance routine, you can enjoy the beauty of the wood and ensure its longevity over the years.

Our experts are always available to provide specific and personalized advice regarding the needs of the wood and the structure of your home.