Your home holds a lot more than the physical presence of yourself and your family. There are lots of memories throughout the walls and floors. Each detail of the house needs caring, including your oak beams. Common places where there are oak beams are the fireplace, garden, and the garage.
First of All: Anti-infestation Treatment
Although the oak material has natural tannins and has a breathable nature that usually prevents insect and fungal attacks, you can opt to use anti-infestation treatment for higher protection against insect attacks and fungal decay. For air-dried beams, you can soften the edges by chamfering to give an aged effect or more sophisticated character to the bars. Chamfering techniques may involve the full length of the beam or scalloping or sections of the beam
Moisten Your Oak Beams
Since oak beams are usually kept fresh and without treatment, it is advisable to wipe the surface with a cloth moistened in teak oil every few months, particularly during the first few years since the acquisition and installation. Oils penetrate deep into the wood and replenish the oak. Additionally, oils add a hardening layer on top of the oak beams, and this hardened layer will protect the piece from future damage.
Oak beams, like any other oak products, naturally season and darken in time, but some people who prefer it to have a lighter color can opt for treating the oak. Do not use varnish types of treatment because it will eventually break down rapidly and significantly spoil the appearance of the beam.
About Splits and Cracks on the Oak Beam
Splits and cracks are inevitable and expected in an oak piece. As the oak dries out, the wood shrinks across the grain as the fibers of the wood thin out and pull closer. … Read More