You have chosen a wooden chalet for its warm and authentic appearance. Like all wooden constructions, chalets need to be protected. Indeed, they are subject to particular climatic conditions such as humidity, cold or UV radiation which damage the wood. We will explain to you why the exterior protection of a wooden chalet is necessary.
Wood is a living material. Under the effect of natural elements (UV, weather), the wooden chalet will turn grey. This phenomenon, called natural greying, is completely normal and does not affect the wood. If you like this greying aspect, it is not necessary to protect your wooden chalet, you can let it tarnish naturally. However, we do not advise you to leave your wooden chalet in its natural state as it could be subject to deformation (splitting, swelling).
Also, the greying of the wood may not be homogeneous. This phenomenon may be more pronounced on the parts of your wooden chalet that are most exposed to the sun. In order to obtain a homogeneous grey appearance, we recommend the Grey Saturator SGA600. This product allows to reproduce the grey colour of aged wood in a homogeneous way while impregnating and nourishing the wood.
Wooden chalet saturators can also be used to reinforce the original colour of the wooden chalet or to modify it if you wish. You will find the Siding Saturator SB600 in a colourless or tinted version for European woods and the Exotic Wood Saturator SBE600 for exotic woods. For enhanced UV protection, we advise you to choose a tinted version. Indeed, the pigments contained in the tinted saturators provide the most effective protection. This is recommended if your wooden chalet is relatively well exposed to the sun. Colourless wooden chalet saturators are suitable for a sheltered or moderately sunny chalet.
Whichever saturator you choose for your wood cottage, it is important to check the condition of your wood before applying it. Wooden chalet saturators are applied to clean, unfinished wood that is not greyed. We advise not to apply the saturators to wood that is grey, blackened or with the presence of mould, as the finish on your wooden chalet may be different from that expected.
If your chalet is grey, you will see a grey veil on the surface of the wood. This is a natural phenomenon due to weathering and UV mainly. In this case, your wooden chalet will not show any traces of mould. Before applying your chosen woodchalet saturator, you will need to degrease the woodchalet with a degreaser such as Degreaser DG105.
If your cottage is blackened, you will find black marks, black dots that look like mould. Don't worry, it's just an aesthetic inconvenience, no fungus is present on your wood. To remove the blackening of your wood siding, a degreasing product is recommended such as Wood Cleaner N100 (or its concentrated version Concentrated Wood Cleaner N140) before applying a wood siding saturator. Once you have applied the cleaner to your wooden chalet, if it looks too grey or dull, you can then apply a degreaser such as Degreaser DG105. The joint action of these two products prior to the application of the saturator is sometimes necessary to renovate the most damaged wooden chalets.
Once the cleaning has been carried out with the appropriate products, you can apply the saturator to your wooden chalet. The saturator is applied in layers to the wood. We advise you to apply your product at the beginning of the beautiful days in order to benefit from sufficient sunshine so as not to be interrupted in your work.
Saturators differ from wood stain for wooden chalets in that they are non-film-forming. This aspect will make the maintenance of the wooden chalet much easier than with a stain. It is sufficient to apply a new coat of saturator when you find that the wood becomes dull, where with a stain it would have been necessary to sand. Stains are a more demanding solution, but they allow you to extend the maintenance periods. Wood stain saturators for wooden chalets are ideal if you want a product that is easy to apply.