Traditionally, timber house frames have been constructed using green wood. Many new construction projects are making use of green oak frames as the structural skeleton of homes and outer buildings like pool barns or guest houses because of its sturdiness.
Green timber refers to timber containing a high content of moisture. This wood contains moisture because it has not been air dried or dried in a kiln. Green oak is also high in moisture content. Oak that has a high moisture content is also called seasoned oak.
Architects and builders can create unique designs for homes that all start with green oak frames. The wood is very easy to work with. It does not have the brittleness that kiln dried wood can have. When green oak dries, it shrinks but professional builders and designers know to allow for this when making frames. They also allow for this in the construction of the joinery that holds the frame together.
Most timber is dried so that it shrinks before being used in a building. With green oak, the moisture content eventually declines. This process sometimes happens quickly and causes checking. Checking will not cause structural problems but it can cause slightly visible splits in the wood.
Builders prefer working with green oak because it can be shaped and cut more easily than dried wood. Another issue with dried or kiln dried wood is that it can twist during the drying process, causing more imperfections in the look of a completed project.
The best builders will care for the wood as the frame is being constructed by sealing the end grains of each timber. Once the frame and the house are complete, builders will encourage the owners to keep the house from getting too hot or dry for the first year.
Green oak is sometimes thought to be a weaker timber for a frame because of how it shrinks when it dries. However, the shrinkage is minimal and oak becomes stronger as it dries. This wood is naturally high in density.
Green oak is the best choice for structural frames for homes or other types of outdoor buildings or pergolas. Designers and architects that work with green oak will take care to construct each project to the highest standards possible. There are many projects they can complete for individuals.
They will create a design with the highest attention to engineering details and standards. They will contract with a client to ensure that the plans are carried out precisely and that the frame is installed properly.
Green oak is an excellent wood to use for a structural frame. It is economical and can resist damage from pests. The wood is also breathable and can prevent mold from growing in or around the roof area.
Choose green oak for a beautiful look, a sturdy house and for a design that is going to be a truly valuable one. Invest in green oak frames designed and installed by an experienced architectural firm.