Why use Pressure Treated timber

There are many products on the market for treating timber. The claims made by the manufacturers sound very impressive. However, any product which is sprayed or brushed onto the surface of the timber can only ever be skin deep. These products will need to be constantly reapplied at regular intervals.

To protect timber thoroughly, for a long life, the best option is pressure treatment. This process, often called tanalising, involves placing the timber in a vacuum tank. Here, the moisture is extracted from the timber and the chemicals are injected into it under extreme pressure. In this way the chemicals are absorbed deep into the wood. The softer parts of the timber will absorb the most chemicals. Manufacturers of this process give a 15 year guarantee on such timber. All Shields Buildings are made from pressure treated timber. We believe in providing the best possible protection for our products.

People often ask if they need to treat pressure treated timber. Our advice is to treat the timber with a good quality oil based preservative, such as Cuprinol Garden Wood Preserver, after five years and then at five yearly intervals. An oil based preservative will shed rain droplets and help to keep the timber dry.

Pressure treated timber

Use Pressure treated ‘tanalised’ timber for a long life



Getting planning permission for timber buildings

Many of our customers think that timber buildings do not need planning permission. This is often not the case, unfortunately.A timber structure is not a temporary building and may need planning permission. A lot will depend on the location and the planning rules that apply to that location.You can get a good idea by looking at the planning website www.planning portal / outbuildings

We provide the basic details for planning permission for domestic properties on our website   In my last post I said that getting planning permission could be a lengthy process. Councils have an obligation to give you a response within 8 weeks of your application being validated. Sometimes you will hear within 6 weeks, but it pays to be prepared before you apply to avoid delays. Validation can take quite a time if your application does not meet the required standard.

It makes no difference whether you are putting up a wooden garage or  a  garden shed as to whether or not you need planning permission or not. Ask us for help. We regularly make planning applications on behalf of our customers. This may be for anything from a home office to commercial buildings. So whatever building you are thinking about call us now to discuss the planning permission implications.