Natural Wood

Natural Wood Disclaimer 

The appearance of cracking and checking in natural wooden prodcuts such as our handrails or stair treads can be alarming at first, but rest assured that it's a natural part of timber's lifecycle. This is true not only for these prodcuts but for buildings, utensils, instruments, and ships. If you're concerned you've received a defective product and that the cracks you see are a sign of damage, we can attest that this is not a sign of deterioration but a natural reaction to climate.

Why Does Wood Split and Crack?

 ·  Cracking and checking occur when the grain of timber reacts to the moisture level in the air.

·   Wood adapts itself to the environment's moisture, temperature, and exposure to sunlight.

·   This is known as equilibrium, where natural wood will shift with the climate around it.

This can be startling to those who have never owned organic or reclaimed wood products before, as they fear the item is of lesser quality, but it's simply nature's way of making itself at home. We have a particular affinity for natural wood products. 

Should I Be Worried About Structural Integrity?

Not at all, unless the functionality of your stair or handrail is affected by cracks, there are no issues associated with the natural cracking of wood. If anything, checks and cracks are actually helpful in reinforcing structural integrity as it helps to release the tensions and pressure of shrinking or expanding wood. You can witness these changes throughout the seasons, as if your wood is a living, breathing being.

Can I Prevent Timber Cracking?

Because this is a natural process and wood is a natural product, it cannot be stopped only slowed. Our timber products  and finishes used are chemical free, organic and help to keep the woods natural integrity, embracing its virgin qualities. Therefore, cracking may occur throughout its lifespan, particularly with any reclaimed wood.‍

However, if you are looking for ways to decelerate this process, we can recommend keeping your household at around 50% humidity by using a humidifier or dehumidifier. You can also avoid rooms that are excessively hot, dry, damp or that have direct sunlight throughout the day. These conditions help to prevent the possibility of natural wood cracking.

We cannot recommend any wax, polishes, or finishes at this time as we have never specifically tested such chemicals on our products. We do urge you to enjoy the organic beauty of your wood furniture, however, if you choose to use such preventative methods, try solutions sparingly at first to ensure it has the desired effect you are looking for.

Can I or Should I Repair Cracks in Timber?

In certain circumstances it may be an option to repair any cracks for aesthetic purposes (although we prefer the natural look of wood including any natural cracking, not everyone does!). Any suitable wood filler can be used and light sanding can be undertaken, re-oiling where required to restore the finish. 


Natural Wood Treads