Monthly Archives: April 2021

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Summer Seating

As summer rolls back around we see the sun lighting up our gardens. Does your current seating do the space justice, or is it time to invest in some new garden furniture this summer? Furniture from Weston Sawmill has been designed to last, so it will definitely be worth the investment.

Benches

No matter how big or small your garden is, you will surely have the space for a lovely wooden bench.
Benches make a great seating choice for your garden for many reasons; they usually do not take up too much space, fairly easy to move if you change your layout, comfortable and attractive.
There’s even more reason to invest in a bench from Weston Sawmill. Here we have a wide range of styles and finishes available to suit your own style and needs. From high back 5ft mahogany benches to 4ft softwood benches and everything in between. You’ll want to come and visit us to appreciate the benches we currently have on offer.

Dining

Dining al fresco? No Problem! With many of us spending more and more time at home or enjoying the UK sun, you might be missing that eating outdoors feeling. So why not bring that into your very own garden.
We love chunky wooden garden furniture, so what would be better than our collection of outdoor dining benches. From your classic style picnic bench to round tables with attached seating and even a larger dining table with matching benches. They’re a great way to fit the whole family around one table.

Swing

We have all seen garden swings available, usually with lightweight frames, and fairly flimsy seats. If you are looking for a more substantial swing to match the rest of your garden, you might just have come to the right place. Our wooden swings have been designed to not only offer the user increased comfort but also the confidence that it is a sturdy structure. A great place to sit and enjoy your garden in the summer sun, just sit back, relax and sway.

Build Your Own

Here at Weston Sawmill, we have an ever-changing wide range of hand-built garden furniture, so you might be wondering why we are saying build your own. That’s because we appreciate that lovers of wood and timber furniture may not be satisfied with letting someone else have the enjoyment of building their furniture for them. We love the art and skill it takes, and we wouldn’t want to take that away from you!
Our vast range of sawn timber, and even round and half-round lengths, means that you will have everything you need to create your very own bench right here in our collection.

For more information, to check stock levels, or to find out more about delivery and our services, please get in touch today and our friendly team will be happy to assist you. You can also check back to our blogs for a range of other ideas and information.

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Treat Your Wood Right

When you are using wood in and around your garden, whether it is in the form of a fence, a shed, or even a bench, it is important to know that you need to treat your wood to give it the best chances against mother nature. From driving rain, harsh frosts and the blazing sun, wood is subjected to the elements, and without the right treatment can become brittle and unattractive much quicker.

Wood Treatments

There are a number of different types of wood treatment currently on the market. With some boasting a number of different qualities, and with many doing the same thing just worded slightly differently, so finding the right one for you can sometimes be a bit of a minefield. The first thing to consider is the type of wood that you are protecting.

Softwood
If you have softwood in your garden, you might need to consider treating the wood with a preserve to seal the wood before you use any other type of paint or stain. This will help to protect the wood from the elements and from absorbing too much of the paint. Ideally, this will be with a water-resistant and mould protection treatment.

Hardwood
Hardwood is more durable than its softwood counterpart. Meaning that it can withstand being open to the elements for longer periods of time without significant damage. However, it will mean the wood has a more weathered appearance. To avoid this, ensure that you treat your hardwood with a good stain, preserve or paint as soon as you can.

Which Should I Use?

Other than a good quality preserve, there are two main types of treatment or protection that you can use for your external wooden features.

Wood Stain
Wood stain is a great treatment if you love the natural appearance of wood, but want to enhance the grain or add a spot of colour to lighter woods. Available in a range of colours not only can it help you to protect your wood from the elements it can also help you to create a unique look in your garden.
Good quality wood stains will penetrate the wood meaning that it will offer longer-lasting protection and colour than the like of paint, and therefore require less maintenance.

Paint
In recent years there have been a number of newcomers to the market when it comes to outdoor wood paint, with the like of Cuprinol and Dulux now offering ranges. These ranges offer a vast array of colours, allowing you to turn your garden into a space as unique to you as the inside of your home. Paint offers great protection against the elements, however, regular treatments will be needed to keep it looking fresh and protected.

If you are unsure of the type of wood you are purchasing or you would like any further advice, please contact a member of our team today who will be happy to assist you. You can also head over to our blogs for a range of ideas or information on our range of products.

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Garden Firepit? We’ve Got You Stocked

Over the winter months, many people visit us to stock up on their logs and coal to heat up their homes. But what about when you sit outside with your firepit? Here at Weston Sawmill, we’ve got you stocked, even in the height of summer. 

The Garden Firepit

Every summer more and more people spend time in their gardens, surrounded by friends and family. But as the sun starts to set, the weather begins to cool and we look for ways to warm up not only ourselves but also our friends and family. The best way to do this is to use the ever-popular fire pit. 

There are different varieties of firepit available, both on the market and that you can build yourself. With this in mind, you need to be aware of which you are using before you start lighting those fires. Using the correct materials can not only help your fire to keep burning as long as possible but also help to extend the lifespan of your fire pit. 

Two Types Of Fire

The reason you need to know the style and quality of your firepit is to ensure that you are lighting the most appropriate fire. 

Fires with a coal base are great if you want them to burn for longer. While you might have to top up the logs on top, the coals will help to retain the heat for longer, meaning that the risk of the new logs needing to be lit is very low. However, the use of coal also means that the fire will burn at a higher temperature. Depending on the style of firepit that you are using, the use of coal might be too much. 

Usually, with lower quality firepits or enclosed firepits, we recommend not using coal and this can drastically reduce the lifespan of the firepit and may even cause immediate damage. 

The other type of fire is a standard log fire. This means keeping all your materials as dried logs, wood and kindling. While this style of fire will burn at a cooler temperature, it will still give off significant heat to keep everyone happy. 

Keep Your Wood Dry

When it comes to your outdoor firepit, we offer the same advice as we do with your internal stove. Keep your logs as dry as possible. 

Burning wet or damp can produce an increased amount of smoke. Many areas in the UK are now smokeless zones, and while this is seldom monitored, your neighbours would have the ability to report you should the smoke become a nuisance. 

To help keep your logs contact us to discuss having your log store built to order, alternatively, come and visit us to see the ones we currently have on display.

For more information on our logs and coal or our log stores, please come and visit us, or get in touch today and our friendly team will be happy to assist you.