Hot weather and Gates

Timber gates are a natural product and respond to the conditions that they are in, particularly heat and humidity. This really hot weather that we have been experiencing, can cause wood to twist especially if one side of the gate receives more sunlight than the other.

Wood is a hygroscopic material, which means it naturally absorbs and gives off water to balance out with its surrounding environment. Twisting is likely to be caused by one side drying out more quickly than the other. It is also quite common for small splits (shakes & checks) to occur during drying. This is nature at work and should not be considered a fault. This is normally not detrimental to the gates stability & structure and again should rectify as temperatures cool.

A few simple measures can make all the difference!

  • Treat your gates with a modern UV wood oil – this greatly reduces the absorption and drying out of wood and significantly decreases natural checks and shakes in the wood.
  • Using a drop bolt on each gate is also recommended as it reduces any potential movement in the gates.
  • Treat your posts with an oil suitable for sawn timber as well to reduce any movement.

For gates that are not hung make sure they are stored correctly. Either flat on bearers or short term against a wall with both styles evenly supported.

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