Our speciality at Oakfield Beams & Framing is the supply of oak beams in varying styles, but our true expertise comes in the form of our air dried oak beams. From rustic to contemporary, construction to aesthetic, these seasoned oak beams are perfect for so many different applications.
So what are air dried oak beams?
When oak tree's are cut and sawn into beams, they start off as what is known as "green oak". Green oak means they are fresh sawn and very high in the tree's sap moisture content. These beams are great for oak framing, however they do dry out. When oak beams dry out they split, crack and move. This can cause issues if using the beams for singular sections, aesthetic beams, fireplace mantels or smaller frames.
Air dried oak beams really are what they say on the tin. They are beams that have been cut fresh and left to dry naturally. The oak is stacked in bundles of the same dimension with enough gaps to let the air through and get to dry and settle on their own - this means that the beams are reliable. We cannot guarantee that the beams will not move, but they have done most of their settling already so you can be very confident in the fact your beams will stay the way they are.
Its not just the reliability of the air dried oak beams that are the selling point, its the look. When the beams dry out they become beautifully characterful. Gorgeous swirls and stunning darker grain patterns mean they are perfect for ceiling beams, kitchen beams and parts of the home where you want to show them off. With our various finishing options from sanding to waxing/oiling, we are positive that we can offer a product that you can show off to your friends and family for years to come.
The uses of air dried oak beams.
- Fireplace mantels and surrounds
- Single interior posts
- Oak framing
- Kitchen beams
- Ceiling beams
- Oak beam casings
- Kitchen worktops
- Oak cladding
The versatility of air dried oak is its real selling point. Please feel free to contact us for information on this amazing product.