Expo 88 Nepalese Peace Pergola
Brisbane Thatch and Decks is committed to supply our customers with the best possible natural products. We stock square and Round Coppers log post H5 Copper Chrome Arsenic Treated against Termites, Weather and Water.
Unfortunately timber is a natural product and even with the best intentions in the world timber still cracks. A classic example is the Expo 88 Nepalese Peace Pergola at South Bank. (See photo's). It is a amazing hand-crafted structure but you will find cracks in the timber,. Just because its is a natural product and timber cracks.
Cracks in Coppers Log Post
How To fix Cracks in the Post, If needed...
Bali Huts is a very Natural product made from all natural products like timber, bamboo, grass and sisal ropes.
There is always a balance between price an Quality. Brisbane Thatch and Decks strive t ogive our clients the best possible quality for the best possible price.
Unfortunately due to high competition there is basically just one supplier in South East Queensland for coppers log post. Due to the high demand the post are not left to dry out before its is sold. We at Brisbane Thatch and Decks always try keep post in stock for minimum six months to dry before we install or sell them. Unfortunately some times even with our best intentions the post will crack.
We had structural engineers inspecting the worse case scenarios and they ensured us that the cracks is only cosmetic and there is no structural danger that the huts would collapse.
First of all, Please note the cracks is only cosmetic and fairly normal.
Timber is after all a Natural carbon capturing product and can not be compares to steel post that is super smooth and probably powder coated as well. The beauty of timber is in its flaws.
But if you just can not stand the cracks it is easy to fix.
Fist of all it is very important to wait till e post is hundred pecent dry else its just going to look worse if you fill the cracks and its opens up again , and then gets refilled. Trust me its just looks bad... So fist step is wat two years so the post get time to dry out ! We let our post dry out but some times due to demand there is no time to let post dry out so just to be on the safe side, make sure post are super dry...
The cracks could be filled by using a acrylic sealer. The method is simple. Pick a sealer with the same approximate colour as your post. Over fill the cracks with the sealer because when it dries the sealer will shrink a little. Give the sealer a week or two set properly. Trim the excess sealer off with a very sharp Stanley knife or belt sander to safe time.
Re-stain the post and it will look better than ever. The sealer in the cracks will actually ad to the character of the post.
Using coppers log post that mite crack at a stage is by far still a much better and more affordable option than using hardwood post that is ridiculously expensive and after its stained looks exactly the same as Pine coppers log post.
Please note, hardwood post can also crack as we have seen on the above example of the Expo 88 Nepalese Peace Pergola at South Bank.
At the end of the day, even if there is a crack or two giving your all natural material Balinese Hut a little more character its not going to effect how much you going to enjoy your Bali Hut on a hot summers day next to the pool.
We at Brisbane Thatch and Decks just want to make sure our clients are educated about the products we stock before they buy from us so you as the client can make the right decision.
Thanks again and please feel free to contact us directly for more information.