The Importance of End Sealing Decking & Cladding
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The Importance of End Sealing Decking and Cladding in Exterior Applications

Too often the first place of failure in timber cladding or decking applications is the exposed end grain.

Fungal decay requires moisture to develop, and the end grain of wood absorbs moisture at up to 100 times the rate of absorption of the face of wood.

This means that on average, the end grain retains more moisture than other parts of the wood, and is more likely to decay first. This issue affects both treated timbers, and naturally durable species such as Spotted Gum, Blackbutt, and Ironbark (all durability class 1 species).

It is critical therefore, that the cut ends of wood are sealed prior to application with an end sealant.

Any cutting of timber, whether from sawing, shaping or planning has the potential to expose the end grain and allow the uptake of moisture.

End sealants are available as a wax based water repellent, designed to block moisture ingress, or as a chemical preservative, intended to protect the wood from fungal development.

At Abodo we supply a complete system of FSC® Vulcan and Tundra timber cladding, Protector Oil, and Protector End Seal. We offer two types of coating systems; Protector Oil, and Sioo:x, each have their own End Sealer.

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With no adequate room allowed for drainage and no quality end sealer applied, this cladding will quickly succumb to decay.




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Timber: Vulcan Cladding

Type: Rusticated 90x20MM

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Note: The figures given here include 10% wastage and are approximate only. Final order quantities are the buyer’s responsibility and should be checked and verified prior to order placement. Abodo will not accept liability for over or under-ordered items. Thank you!


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