Whilst we use the best sources of timber available to us, when constructing your garden gym, it is almost inevitable that cracking/splitting (known as checking) will occur weeks or months after installation. This can be especially prevalent during the hot summer months.
The information provided here is to give you an understanding of what to expect after you have our installation team install your gym.
The following images show how the wood can crack/split usually during the summer months as the wood dries /adapts naturally to the outside environment.
We also DON’T want you to just take our word for it. So below are links to other website that discuss in detail ‘Checking’ (cracking/splitting) of wooden posts.
As the structural integrity is NOT affected the short answer is you don’t have to do anything. However from an aesthetic perspective this an area that we are currently investigating and will be updating this page over the coming weeks.
Whilst the posts are pressure treated for outdoor use, we do as standard recommend applying an oil based stain or weather resistant treatment to the timber posts on an annual basis as part of your general maintenance program (more of which is discussed as part of the installation process). The oil can be easily applied to penetrate into the cracks to help in the overall preservation of the timber.
If after reading this article you would like cancel your order prior to installation or delivery of DIY products then you will be entitled to a 100% refund.