Structural oak beams, like the ones from Timberpride are a very popular choice for people looking for an inexpensive way to add beauty, character and durability to their homes. Oak is the hardest natural substance on earth, which makes it a great option for building beams. This quality helps to make structural oak beams very strong and they have proven to be immune to rotting, cracking, warping, splintering and shrinking. While all hardwoods will show signs of aging and need to be treated and coated depending upon the climate they live in, structural oak beams can last a lifetime if properly maintained.
Another great advantage of using structural oak beams in your home is that they can be painted virtually any color making them easy to match with any existing furniture or decor. However, one of the most important things to remember is that you should never paint them white as this will cause shrinkage, warping and splinters so always use a high quality white paint that has been specially designed for use with hardwoods. It is also important to avoid any kind of high pressure spray application as these can also cause damage to the wood and harm its natural qualities. You can paint structural oak beams in almost any color you choose such as bright yellow, brown, red, green and even blue.
If you would like to purchase structural oak beams, you can either purchase them pre-built from your local home improvement store, or you can build them yourself using state of the art woodworking plans. To ensure you get quality woodwork that won’t bow, warp or split you will want to purchase a kiln dried finish. A kiln dried finish will prevent the wood from shrinking when it is exposed to moisture and thus it will resist cracking and shrinking. Although you can purchase prefinished wood beams, the cost will be much higher as the wood has already been subjected to the weather, pressure and heat. Therefore, if you are planning to build a new home or renovate your existing home you should strongly consider using kiln dried wooden beams.