The 6 Peculiarities of Wood that you should know.

In this article we explain the 6 normal and most common phenomena of wood that should be assimilated when selecting this noble material for your projects.

Wood is a living, authentic material that will seduce you with its uniqueness and its unique grain.

Discover which are the most notorious wood peculiarities to take into account for your projects.

RESIN SECRETIONS FROM THE WOOD

It is the completely natural behaviour that occurs in wood, it can occur on the surface of resinous woods, either at the time of drying or after a warm period.

To remove these secretions, you can easily scrape them off with a spatula or you can also apply turpentine.

 

CRACKS IN THE WOOD

They tend to appear mainly on the logs or poles at the time of drying or in dry weather.

These Particularities of Wood can also be found in the form of small cracks in other formats such as planks, beams, strips or slats.

This happens because of the natural behaviour of wood during the different seasons of the year.

In humid periods or rainy seasons, the wood absorbs water and expands its pores and shrinks its dimensions, while in dry periods and seasons of high temperatures, the wood shrinks its pores and expands its dimensions.

In wet or rainy periods some or even all of these cracks may close.

The presence of these cracks in no way compromises the soundness of the affected timbers.

It is the completely natural behaviour that occurs in wood, it can occur on the surface of resinous woods, either at the time of drying or after a warm period.

To remove these secretions, you can easily scrape them off with a spatula or you can also apply turpentine.

SURFACE MOULDS ON WOOD

They can appear occasionally in treated wood stored in a warm and humid atmosphere.

The layer that forms is usually black or sometimes grey, but it is always superficial.

In general, these fungi disappear at the moment of the wood installation by the effect of rain and wind. A light brushing when the wood is dry can be sufficient and effective.
Its superficial presence does not compromise in any way the durability of the affected wood as long as periodic maintenance is carried out to eliminate it.

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WOOD GRAINING

It is a natural phenomenon that appears progressively when wood (treated or untreated) is exposed to the outside.

Whether or not to assimilate this natural behaviour of the wood and when it reaches this tone is a matter of personal taste.

Some people love it for its rustic appearance, others not so much. For those who prefer to keep the wood without these grey tones, a saturator or lasur should be applied periodically depending on how exposed the wood is to environmental phenomena to avoid their appearance.

The appearance of the grey colour in no way compromises the durability of the affected wood.

 

DIFFERENCES IN WOOD SHADES

As wood is a natural material, it can have differences in tone. This happens whether it has been treated or not.

There are distinct variations in tone between heartwood and sapwood (especially in pine and Douglas fir), but also more generally between individual pieces of wood due to the unique history of each tree.

These differences in tone contribute to the warmth and charm of the wood and harmonise with time.

GREEN OR BLUE CRYSTALLIZATIONS

Another of the peculiarities of wood are the crystallizations.

As wood is a natural material, it can have differences in tone and colour.

They can appear in autoclaved wood. They are small drops of resin that come to the surface.

These crystals disappear spontaneously after the wood has been installed.

A light brushing can also be carried out.

This phenomenon in no way compromises the durability of the affected wood.

 

 

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