We are often asked how freshly treated timber should be handled and stored to ensure that it dries fully and remains in optimum condition. We therefore thought that some practical guidance would be useful.
When timber has been treated it is delivered to you “drip dry”. Fluid might still be present on the timber and this might be the case for up to a few weeks. Gloves should always be worn when handling freshly treated timber.
Correct storage and handling is required, in accordance with HSE, to ensure that your treated timber dries in the best possible way. Drying time depends on a number of factors including treatment process, wood species and environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity and ventilation. If the timber is stored incorrectly, it can hinder the drying process and mould can appear on the timber (especially pine that has been high pressure treated). Whilst mould does not affect the structure of the timber, it is hard to remove. Here are some tips for storing your freshly treated timber:
• Ideally choose an outdoor area that is under cover
• Ensure that the area is clean and free from dust
• Do NOT store the timber under a tarpaulin or in a sealed container as this restricts airflow
• Ideally place the timber packs on freely draining hard surfaces or concrete plinths
• Ensure there is space between multiple packs
• Protect the timber from rain
• If possible, position the timber to allow the prevailing wind to naturally help the drying process
At WJ, we take great care in treating your timber to the optimum standard so that it reaches you in the best possible condition. If you have any specific queries about the storage or handling of treated timber, please see the further information on our website or contact us directly and we’ll be happy to help you.