Commonly Asked Questions


Q:  If I don't treat my timber, will I have to worry about leaking?

A: Cedar is a premium timber, which won’t easily crack or warp like other timbers, such as pine, which must be protected to remain watertight. However, all timbers – including cedar – appreciate a bit of TLC. Cedar’s great benefit is that it looks fantastic when taken care of – and given that it’s a premium timber, it really does pay to keep it looking its best.

Q: Should I be worried about my timber changing colour?

A: There are a number of reasons why cedar timber might change colour, including fungus or mould, weather conditions, or just stain leaking out over time. Most of the time it's nothing to worry about, but it's worth giving TimberTECH a call so we can come and check it out – at no cost to you.

Q: Can I be sure my cedar cladding is in a condition to be oiled? 

A: If you are concerned that your cedar cladding might need to be replaced, get us to have a look at it first. We often find all that’s required is a good clean and reoiling or restaining.


Q: Do you charge for appraisals and quotes?

A: No way! We’ll come to your house and provide a thorough inspection and quote at no charge. If you live in a remote area, we can provide an inspection and quote by your sending us photographs.


Q: What does it cost to refurbish a typical cedar house?


A: Prices depend on a lot of different factors including the state of the timber, the size of the house, its height and ease/difficulty of access, and so on. That’s one reason we don’t charge for providing a quote.

Q: Do you work over winter?

A: You bet! We’ve been around for over 20 years and we work in all kinds of weather. Wood-X oil – a superior oil that we developed in collaboration with Resene – can be applied at any time of year as long as it’s not raining. During wet weather we carry out preparation work. Winter’s also a great time to check out our special offers.

Q: Why oil rather than stain?

A: Stains form a film over the top of your cedar timber. As long as the film is intact, the timber looks good and has a degree of protection against the sun’s UV rays and against moisture. However, once the film breaks down in any area, the timber is exposed and moisture can get in. To replace the stain, you first have to remove the damaged areas of stain – similar to sanding painted timber – which is expensive and time consuming.

Oil, on the other hand, soaks into the timber, replacing its natural protection. Over time, the oil will “evaporate” (as it’s designed to do) and also need replacing. Unlike stain, however, restoring oiled timber requires just a simple clean and oil. What’s more, as the oil migrates out of the timber, the house will continue looking good.

We also reckon that stains and paint often hide the true beauty of cedar, but that’s another story!

Q: So if my house is stained, does that mean I have to remove the stain and oil it?

A: Not necessarily. If your house is stained, it may be most cost effective to have TimberTECH restain it every few years, rather than go to the cost of removing all the stain that’s there. But if your house isn’t stained, our advice is to stick with oil.

Q: Does TimberTECH work in my area?

A: We sure do! Our services are available throughout New Zealand.