Protect wood in the outdoor area – How it works!

Wood is exposed all year to weather, insects as well as fungi. To keep its healthy substance, it needs the necessary protection. Regular paintings or the lasering of wood contribute significantly to the durability of fences, carports & co. Care should be taken to ensure that no harmful substances are contained in wood preservatives. Unlike lacquers, glazes do not have a covering effect.

This has the advantage that the grain of the wood remains clearly visible. Therefore windows and doors should be treated with an environmentally friendly glaze (thick layer) every two years. Components, on the other hand, should be painted at least once a year with a thin layer. In contrast to glazes, lacquer is somewhat more stable and lasts for about four years.

Which product is safe?

The selection of wood protection products is very diverse. Here consumers of their own health should pay attention not only to the protection of the material, but also to the harmful substances that occur in solvent-based wood lacquers and to avoid this type of glazes as much as possible, which confronts the user with dangerous pollutants. However, a “advantage” of solvent-based glazes is the fact that they penetrate optimally into the wood and more effectively protect it from moisture.

Water-based wood linings (emission heaters) are harmless to health. Available are varnishes, varnishes and wood preservatives in all hardware stores. In addition to paints and varnishes, wood preservatives are also offered, which include biocides against fungi and insects. Products with biocides are preparations and active substances which kill animal and plant organisms on the biological and chemical level.

The chemical poisoning helps to protect building materials and other wood from damage. However, the environmental institute recommends not to use such wood preservatives as these do not have an effect on the target organisms. Anyone who still has access to such resources should read and follow the relevant safety instructions for the handling of wood preservatives.

Observe the marking!

It is often not so easy to distinguish the products from each other. The large number of product names, which the respective product occupies as varnish, primer or glaze,

Consumers often can not determine precisely whether this is a low-polluting paint or a wood preservative.

The supplementary manufacturers’ data often do not provide reliable information. Therefore, consumers should always pay attention to the “Blue Angel” eco-label, as this is a safe sign for paints without harmful biocidal active ingredients.