Why choose Suregreen fencing posts? We at Suregreen pride ourselves on supplying quality timber that is strong and long-lasting. When going in for treatment we ensure that the chemical balance and treatment process is specified for the type of softwood used to create the posts. This provides a quality treatment that ensures our timber posts last for many years in almost any environment.
Does the wood require further treatment or staining? Our timber posts do not require any further treatment and are ready to be installed upon delivery. We recommend that you avoid cutting the timber as this can expose untreated areas however if this cannot be avoided then please ensure that you use wood stain or preservative on and around the cut surface.
Is Suregreen fencing posts safe for use around children? The treated timber is perfectly safe to use around children and playgrounds. The chemicals, once absorbed into the timber, become safe for humans, animals and the environment.
Is tanalised timber safe around pets and fish ponds? The timber is safe around pets and should not cause any harm, even if chewed. Using our timber around fish and ponds is safe to a degree however we strongly recommend that the timber does not make direct contact with the water of the pond. Fish are very sensitive animals and the timber may cause a change to the environment that could cause distress.
Can I use Suregreen timber posts in nature reserves? Our timber is perfectly safe to use around any wildlife and will not have an environmental impact on the surrounding area.
Can I use galvanised treated steel directly on tanalised treated wood? The galvanising process is something used on steel products to help protect them from the elements, much like the tanalising treatment on timber products. Attaching galvanised steel straight to treated timber will not cause any issues to ether product. We even recommend using galvanised u-nails to attach fencing to the posts.
Is the timber safe to make raised beds or compost bins? As we supply it, the timber is perfectly safe; the preserved timber can be used for raised beds or compost bins and will cause no issues in terms of the organic status of the soil. However, timber often has to be cut to make such structures. These newly exposed areas will require treatment and we cannot guarantee that any external preservative or stains will be safe.
What is the difference between dip-treated and pressure-treated timber? None of Suregreen’s timber products are dip-treated, although the timber is still treated using the same or very similar chemicals. During the dip-treat process, the preservative is simply brushed on to the external faces of the timber. The tanalised pressure treatment ensures that the preservative gets deep into the timber and ensures superior protection and longer life for the timber.
What if I need to cut the posts? We recommend that cutting the wood is avoided where possible. Although it is perfectly safe to cut the timber, it can leave untreated and exposed areas. These areas will require further treatment with wood stain or preservative, otherwise it could leave vulnerable sections on the timber that may cause the whole post to fail.
What colour will the posts be? This sounds like a strange question, however to those familiar with tanalised wood will know that the timber can be delivered in a few different colours depending on what type of softwood is used and when the wood was treated. When the wood has first undergone the tanalised treatment, it often takes on a green colour. This will soon fade to a golden brown and can eventually leave a subtle grey/ silver finish to the posts. The colour differences will all fade and become less pronounced over time however we cannot guarantee that any of our posts will be the exact same colour.
Should there be splits in the timber? This is a commonly asked question, as people often fear any splits may be a product fault that could lead to a shorter lifespan or a structural failure. This is not the case. Timber is a natural product and when wood undergoes the drying and treatment process splits can develop. When the timber is first cut, it can often consist of almost 50% water. By the time it gets to our customers the water level is often closer to 20-25%. Often, these splits can change over time with some closing and others opening usually being impacted by the weather. Periods of prolonged dry weather throughout summer can often result in more splits within the timber as the water content within the post drops. The tanalised treatment ensures the preservative has penetrated deep into the timber so these splits are very unlikely to cause any structural or longevity issues. However, if you are unsure please contact us for more information and assistance.
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