How To Care For The Oak Beams In Your Home

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.


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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

Five Keys to Real Estate Flipping Success

Make your fortune in real estate. It is not that hard once you get the hang of it. Real estate flipping can be an extremely high paying career, but I see way too many people give up on it. The turnover in this industry is exceptionally high. I noticed the high turnover early on and have watched to learn why some people kill it while others disappear. This has been important to monitor to help myself and my clients last in this amazing business.

I have been in the real estate field for the last 16 years and my hard money lending company finances around 150 deals a year. Here is what that experience has taught me about being a successful fix and flipper.

Mindset: This is where it all starts. For the last 3 years, I have felt myself fall into a little lull and have realized that this occurred because of my mindset. Your mindset could be a lot of things, but the basic concept is that what you believe will happen… does. Sometimes just convincing your mind that you will hit a goal takes work. Not to mention the work that it takes to actually hit that goal.

Focusing your mind on positivity is a great start, but you really need to believe you deserve the success you desire. Meditation and affirmations are fantastic ways to accomplish this.

Hustle: Nothing is going to be given to you. When I was going through my struggles to hit some financial goals, I had to keep reminding myself of this. Times can get hard and things can feel unfair, but the reality is, no matter how much you don’t want to believe it, you are the only one responsible for your success. I would tell myself this over and over.

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