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To be clear, Valhalla Wood Preservatives, Ltd. wants you to know, up front, that their Lifetime Wood Treatment offering IS NOT a wood sealer for the following two reasons:
First, as they point out on their website, “Lifetime Wood Treatment does not seal wood but instead allows the wood to breathe and age naturally,” which creates a weathering effect that is unique and integral to the Lifetime process.
Unlike traditional sealers and stains, Lifetime Wood Treatment works with the cracking and checking of the wood that results from the weathering process by “migrating into cracks to cover the newly exposed wood.” This allows for new wood to be treated and blend perfectly with adjacent, older wood in a rather short period of time.
As wood that has been treated with Lifetime Wood Treatment ages, its finish is enhanced as a result of and in spite of the elements that act to deteriorate wood and produces a silver patina with variations dependent upon the type of wood.
“Fir has a dark brown to olive brown hue and cedar a dark brown to reddish brown hue.” And unlike natural oil sealers that require regular maintenance, Lifetime Wood Treatment requires a single application, such as by brush, rolling, dipping, or spraying, for the life of the wood that does not require maintenance since it cannot be worn nor will it peel or fade.
Second, Lifetime Wood Treatment, unlike traditional wood sealers, is an environmentally friendly, nontoxic, non-poisonous 60-year-old recipe composed of naturally occurring plant and mineral substances that is packaged as a powder concentrate and diluted with water to produce only as much of the product as is needed thereby reducing, even eliminating waste.
Also, Lifetime Wood Treatment does not contain any toxic solvents or volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as traditional wood sealers do, thus it does not pose a risk to living things via direct contact or as harmful residues in soil and water. Cleanup of any spilled or residual Lifetime solution requires nothing more than soap and water.
In its powder concentrate form, Lifetime has an indefinite shelf life, while in mixed solution form, it has a “very long” shelf life so long as it is stored in a sealed container.
Manufactured in Canada using sustainable resources (specifics are not disclosed on the website), Lifetime Wood Treatment has been used by Parks Canada (i.e. Banff National Park, Kootenay National Park, and Yoho National Park), British Colombia Ministry of Transportation, City of Calgary, and Nova Scotia Natural Resources on any number of the following applications for which its use is ideal: doors, windows, barns, sheds, cold frames, greenhouses, gazebos, sunrooms, decks, pools, log homes, siding, trim, fences, signs, boats, docks, and picnic tables.
To learn more about today’s Greenovation, visit ValHalCo.com.
by Rob Stanfield – The Green Register