WhippleTree English Oak Timber Merchants is a specialist oak consultancy that can help you choose the most suitable oak for your building project. We have a wide range of seasoned oak beams available, which can be custom-cut to your specifications.
Our seasoned English oak beams are popular for building projects for many reasons. Firstly, English oak is a solid and durable wood, making it ideal for structural applications. It is a traditional material that has been used in British construction for centuries.
It has a high density, which means it is heavy and strong. The Janka hardness of English oak is 1,120 lbf (4,980 N), one of the highest of any wood species, which is very resistant to wear and tear.
Oak contains naturally high levels of tannins, which are natural compounds that give the wood its resistance to rot and decay. The oak heartwood has a higher tannin content than the sapwood, which is why heartwood is more durable than sapwood and ideal for use as supporting beams in construction projects.
Oak also has a straight grain, which means that the fibres of the wood are aligned in a parallel manner. This makes the wood strong and resistant to splitting, essential when used as support beams. Our seasoned oak beams are relatively easy to work with. They can be sawn, planed, and chiselled without too much difficulty.
All these fantastic properties make English oak ideal for structural applications, such as beams, joists, and flooring. Oak beams can support a lot of weight and resist rotting and decay.
In addition to its strength and durability, our seasoned oak beams are also beautiful wood with a rich, warm colour. This makes it popular for exposed beams in period house restorations and public building renovations.
Sustainability is a priority with WhippleTree.
We are committed to sustainable forestry practices. This is why all of our oak comes from renewable sources carefully managed in the UK. We use natural methods to dry our oak beams, which reduces the use of resources, fuel, and electricity.
Our natural drying process takes longer than artificial drying, resulting in a higher-quality product. The natural drying process also produces less waste, which is better for the environment. Our seasoned oak beams have a unique character that comes from the natural drying process we use. They may have knots, cracks, and other imperfections, adding to their beauty and uniqueness.
When you invest in seasoned oak beams from WhippleTree, you will be getting beams that can last for centuries, making them a wise investment for the longevity of any building project.
If you are looking for a beautiful, strong, and durable wood for your next building project, renovation or restoration job, then seasoned English oak beams from WhippleTree are a great option. We can help you choose the right beams to suit your needs.
We also offer an Oak Performance Consultancy, which helps you get the most out of your English oak. We can help you assess the existing and final site conditions to determine the best way to use our seasoned oak beams and other timber products. We can also calculate the levels of expected movement and recommend ways to allow for movement to ensure your building project is a success.
Do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your needs. Our friendly team are always here to help!