Air Dried Oak Timber Beams
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Oak is known for being a strong wood. However, oak will dry at a very slow rate and please be aware that naturally air drying oak will mean the timber will contain splits and cracks on all surfaces. As a plus, this may give the wood an attractive, aged and weathered appearance and can add great character to the wood, which may suit some projects. Over a period of time, the colour of the air dried timber will silver to a traditional oak timber look.
Correctly seasoned timber like this has many benefits and more applications than Fresh Sawn Oak. Drying timber is useful because it prevents shrinkage after installation, reduces the chances of fungal decay, can strengthen the wood and even prevents corrosion of metal fixtures. It also means preservatives can be better applied – as well as paint, stain and polish, when there is less moisture content in the wood. A freshly felled oak tree can contain as much as 540 litres of water to every square cubic metre of the wood, which is substantial. Dried Oak is therefore lighter than ‘green oak’ and sometimes it is necessary to use dry wood to meet building legislations. Drying time is usually dependent on conditions such as temperature, wind, rainfall and humidity and also the correct stacking of the wood during the process. It can lead to a reduction of up to around 20% of water content.For more information, please contact Timbersource. Timbersource are a leading online hardwood timber merchant in the UK, supplying Air Dried Oak timber beams to the joinery, carpentry, construction and building trade at competitive prices. To Contact Us click HERE