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Green And Air Dried Oak Beams Explained

Posted in Railway Sleeper News by Admin on March 14th 2014

Structural Green Oak Beams

Green structural oak is simply fresh cut oak that has been felled in the last 3 - 6 months. It has a relatively high moisture content and is therefore prone to shrinkage and movement as the drying process takes it course. The shrinkage and movement is by no means certain but it is a good idea to take it into account when making your purchase. Green oak is almost completely responsible for the construction of the UK's stately homes and ancient dwellings (so it cannot be so bad!) and should be viewed as a characterful alternative to air dried oak for structural internal use. It is also perfect for outdoor pergolas, barns and all types of new build constructions.

Structural Air Dried Oak Beams

Air dried structural oak is exactly as it sounds, oak dries relatively slowly (approx 25 - 40mm per year) this is a general rule and should not be relied upon, it depends heavily on the environment in which the oak is stored. Our air dried oak beams have been stored in perfect drying conditions for between 3 - 5 years. We are happy that they can be relied upon to provide as much protection as is possible against future shrinkage or movement, in fact we believe that our beams are the very best available and are sourced from a consortium of 5 professional sawmill in northern France who specialise in nothing else!

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