FENCING SUPPLIES

We manufacture and sell a large range of fencing products all provided with an Isle of Wight delivery service

Either order here via our secure online shop, phone or pop into the retail yard

Isle of Wight only delivery service

ONLINE ORDERS ARE STRICTLY FOR DELIVERY ONLY

orders placed for collection will be cancelled and refunded
discount codes are only valid on online orders not instore

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OPEN MON-FRI 8am-5pm

ISLANDWIDE DELIVERY

DELIVERIES ARE ESTIMATED TO BE WITHIN 4  DAYS

Please be aware we strictly do not deliver to rear of property or book delivery dates and times so please don’t leave notes requesting this as they will not be actioned.

Call the shop if you need order updates 756751

HIGH QUALITY AT AFFORDABLE PRICING

WE MANUFACTURE OUR FENCE PANELS & GATES HERE SO WE CAN MAKE THEM TO CUSTOM SIZES AT NO EXTRA CHARGE

ALL ON DISPLAY

Visit our retail outlet and view not only our range of fencing and timber products but also our Hot Tubs & Spas and custom design Garden Buildings

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ONLINE ORDERS ARE STRICTLY FOR DELIVERY ONLY

orders placed for collection will be cancelled and refunded

WE INSTALL

GROUND SCREW FOUNDATIONS

Our ground screws are capable of supporting projects of all sizes, from garden rooms & holiday cabins to modular builds, solar & more. The screws are an effective, low-carbon structural base system that will support all scales of projects with minimal impact on the environment

Please be aware in the sunshine timber can be A bit of a pain!

Summer in general is a complete pain for our industry, it’s at this point we get customers questioning the ‘quality’ of our timber used in some of our products as some cracks and splits start to appear. Thankfully, it’s not just us either, every single supplier of timber products for the garden gets the same thing. Summer historically costs the timber industry thousands upon thousands of pounds due to perceived ‘defects’ in timber by customers when 99% of the time no defect exists at all.

Seasonal Wood Shrinkage

Regardless of how well dried a piece of wood is it will always grow and shrink accordingly with seasonal changes in relative humidity of the air. Changes in ambient humidity is all that is needed and will always affect timber regardless of any other influences.

A good treatment can slow this process down greatly regulating how fast moisture gets in and out of the timber. Wood shrinks by different amounts in different directions, there is however very little movement in the grain lengthwise.  There is some shrinkage radially and a greater amount tangentially (along the curvature of the growth rings).

Wood defects due to seasoning

Seasoning is the process of drying lumber (either in a kiln or air drying) to an appropriate level of moisture for woodworking and other commercial uses. During this process, a board may become warped.

The term “warped” is a nonspecific term that refers to a distorted or misshapen board. More specific terms for warping include cupping, twisting, bowing, crook, and spring. Common seasoning defects, including types of warping, include:

Bowing – A curvature formed in the direction of the length of timber. A bowed board is flat, but bent, like a road going over a hill

Check – A check is a crack which separates the fibres of wood. It does not extend from one end to the other. It occurs across the growth rings and is usually caused by poor or improper drying processes

Crook – Where the board remains flat, but the ends move away from the centre. Another type of warp

Twisting – Where the board curves in length and width like a propeller

Cupping – Where the face of a board warps up across its width such that if one looks at the end of the board, it will look like a shallow letter “U”

Spring – Occurs when the board remains flat in width, but curves in length like a river going around a bend

Summary

Wood is an organic substance.  It also tries its hardest to match its environment which you may not know. It moves, swells, and shrinks to do so and is normal timber behaviour.

This should be fully understood and expected when buying any timber product for your garden. Sometimes these cracks can open up alarmingly large but remember it is entirely normal and once the inner core has dried the crack will close up.  Likewise as the moisture in the air increases so will the free water absorbed by capillary action in the wood and once again the cracks will close up.

None of these splits or cracks in the timber will affect it’s structural integrity or inherent strength. If however, it concerns you I recommend the use of a good quality timber treatment as this will restrict the moisture both entering and leaving the wood.

Basically timber can be viewed as a bit of a pain!

Wood, by definition cannot be defective, there is nothing to go wrong other than obvious rot which is very rare in graded timber.

If you experience cracks and splits in your timber, especially when it is obviously milled from a whole trunk it is not a ‘defective’ product, nor is the strength impaired, it simply is timber exhibiting it’s normal state and characteristics.

Enjoy it and embrace it as it is part of it’s charm and warmth and if you don’t like it, treat it with a good timber treatment and restrict the flow of moisture in and out.  However!  Even the best treatments allow moisture transfer, even plastic does to a certain extent.

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ADDRESS – Main Road, Ningwood, Isle of Wight PO304NW

PHONE – 01983 756751

EMAIL – info@rhfiow.co.uk

VISIT US – Mon – Fri 8am – 5pm