Green Oak Beams
Timberpride’s green oak structural timbers.
Timberpride is fortunate to have its own large capacity sawmill to cut our British logs here in Tetbury, meaning we are able to produce green structural timbers for your structural timber frame venture and for any other projects that require green structural oak.
With regular deliveries of oak logs, sourced from around the UK, we are never in short supply.
Structural oak beams are cut to order, which means we are able to supply you with oak specific to your needs – long or short.
Our in-house band saw allows us to cut logs up to a maximum 7.0m in length and a diameter of 1300mm – which is large enough to cover most requirements! If longer lengths are needed (up to 18m) then it is possible for us to supply you from continental sawmills – it just means it will be European Oak rather than British. There is no visible or structural difference.
The high moisture content in green oak means it is a lot easier to work with, as it is softer on the tools you are using – especially if you are cutting joints. The moisture content in green oak is normally around 80%, meaning 80% of its weight is water known as “sap”.
With green oak timbers, the colour is uniform throughout and the drying splits are yet to form, meaning you will notice a change in the look of your green oak timbers when they start drying out.
For us, here at Timberpride, this is part of the joy of dealing with oak, accepting and working with its idiosyncrasies.
Our office was constructed using green oak. It is a living structure, the design and traditional jointing allowing the structure to move with the seasons without affecting its performance.
Drying splits run along the face of the beam and they develop as the timber dries and ages. We here at Timberpride embrace this drying process, as it brings the timbers to life and gives them character.
You will also notice that, when using green oak externally, it will start as a honey golden colour and over time it will change to a silver grey, this happens as the surface tannins wash out and the knots become more visible.
Internal timbers will broadly stay the same colour and the splits will form retaining the section size as they dry.
When it comes to structural timbers, green oak is the cheaper option, because seasoned oak beams are usually re-sawn or are supplied over length so there is waste to factor into the price
Scroll down to our ‘request a quote’ form, provide us with the information needed and one of our team will contact you, alternatively you can call us on 01666 504 436.