Posts Tagged ‘natural wood’

SolidBuild and the Environment

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Today, any serious business is committed to the environment.  Solid Build knows, and believes that in order to be a successful business we must practice and inform our customers that our products, have it be garden sheds or log cabins are not harming the ecosystem.

Solid Build is not a business that wipes out natural resources for a profit.  We know this is not good business.  Being “green” is not only important to Solid Build but it is essential to the security of our business’ future.  We rely on natural wood to make our products therefore we replant more than what we use.

Solid Build uses slow growth pine for garden sheds, log cabin and gazebos kits. Because the quality of wood we have chosen takes a long time to mature our business is also limited.  The slow growth pine is the best material for our sheds and if this means less SolidBuild sheds, but higher quality product, this is what we do.  Your garden shed, log cabin, gazebo or pool house kit are of the best quality that will last you and your family many years.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Forest Report of 2011, Europe’s forest have steadily increased from 1990-2010.  This is in part of forests moving into what use to be agricultural land and also sustainable practices  enforced by European government.

Europe is the only continent where forest have increased during the last couple of decades.  We are committed to keeping this trend alive.  A part of being sustainable is practicing fair labor to our employees.  About 1.1 million people work producing forest goods in Europe.  SolidBuild does not maximize their profits while paying bare minimum to their employees.  As with sustaining their product, SolidBuild is committed to it’s workers and providing them good jobs.

We are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council(www.fsc.org), a non-governmental, non-profit organization that works for responsible management of world forests following the highest social and environmental criteria.  FSC oversees the sustainable removal of wood material that “maintains the forest’s biodiversity, productivity and ecological processes while socially benefiting local people.”  Please feel free to contact us for any information regarding our practices and certificates.

Guide to Staining your SolidBuild Product

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Wood is an organic material that must be protected with stain.  Staining your garden, storage shed or log cabin will prevent water, UV and mildew damage.  Picking the right stain depends on what climate you reside in.  Most stains protect from water damage for about 5 years before they have to be re stained.

There are many great products available that can provide protection for your natural wood products.  I will go over some basics of staining.

Pre-Application:

Go over the surface with a sand paper to make sure to smooth bumps and get rid of splinters. Vacuum any residue before applying conditioner or stain.

Before you apply conditioner or stain to your wood, make sure to clean the surface with a damp cloth.  After cleaning the wood allow the surface to dry before applying conditioner or stain.

Conditioning:

For white lumber, it is recommended that a conditioner is applied before staining. Conditioner controls the color or the stain, and makes the stain apply evenly.  Apply the conditioner with the direction of the grain.  Give twenty minutes for the conditioner to penetrate and remove any left over material.  After about two hours you must apply the stain.  Using a conditioner may make your stain appear lighter which means you will have to apply another coat.

Staining:

Make sure you are applying the stain above 50ºF and below 95º.  Do not apply in direct sunlight.  Mix your stain well before application.

You can use a clean paint brush, cloth, roller, or sprayer(set at low pressure).  Work from the top down.  If you use a paint brush, paint at the same direction as the wood’s grain.  For a better finish apply even strokes without overlapping in any area.  When the stain dries you can apply another coat.   The more coats the darker the stain.  Depending on the stain you purchase directions may slightly vary.

Different Stains:

Semitransparent stains can be applied to wood that was not sealed.

Solid color stains can be applied on wood that is bare or was previously stained. Latex stains are good for outdoor staining.  They do not fade quickly.

Make sure to use a different stain for the inside and outside of your shed to protect yourself from toxic chemicals.

When purchasing a stain beware that “dye stains” are highly flammable. Water-repellent stains will protect your wood from heavy rains, mildew, fungicide and many other natural processes wood is vulnerable to. Make sure to also consider your location and the type of stain you need to purchase. There are stains that will protect against termites, humidity, heavy sunlight, etc.  Check back soon for more tips on staining your garden sheds!