The Nature of Green Oak Structures
Green oak structures are stunning.
They are characterful, elegant and timeless, which is why they’re so popular.
They are also natural. And due to their organic nature, structures made from green oak change over time. They do not create the uniformity and standardisation of buildings made from brick and block, or the bland perfection of steel structures. And those who choose an oak structure or building do not want this.
They create something special, something unique.
And it’s this individual character that gives oak structures their charm.
Building with Green Oak
Green oak (as its name suggests!) is new, young oak. Green oak is under two years old when it’s used in construction and as such still contains a lot of moisture. This makes the material easier to work with than air-dried oak.
A structure made from green oak will dry out over several years — at around 25mm or so each year. During this time, the oak will shrink across the grain, move and crack, with most shrinkage taking place during the first two years. This is not a fault. This natural process is completely normal and creates the unique characteristics that only nature’s finest building material can provide.
These splits (known as shakes) and cracks don’t weaken the frame or compromise the structure.
As the green oak dries out it becomes harder and stronger, resulting in tighter joints and added character. And becomes more perfect in its unique imperfection.
Those who choose to enhance their home with the natural beauty of oak are looking for this charming feature.
To read more about using green oak in construction, take a look at the TRADA website or take a look at our other articles and case studies.
If you’re considering an oak framed structure or extension, call us on 01782 374087 or email us at: email@example.com.
Antonio & the team