Reclaimed Oak Beams – An Architectural Option for boats
Reclaimed oak beams come in a variety of shapes, sizes and finishes. They can be used for traditional building construction as well as for remodeling projects. These beams tend to be stronger than new building beams because they have had little or no processing and therefore retain their shape much better. They are available at most major lumber yards and sometimes at specialty stores.
All raw weathered wood air dired oak beams must go through a full preparation period before they are ready to be installed. During this time they must undergo three main phases. The first stage is called the scrying process. During this stage all of the original sap that would have remained after the wood has been cut and taken away is removed. It is removed using water and then ground and turned into plaster.
The second stage is called the cleaning and staining process. During this stage all of the sap and unwanted pigments are removed, and the oak becomes lighter by being mixed with lighter chemicals. This makes the oak easier to handle during its transportation and also makes it less prone to swelling or cracking after it arrives at your home.
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Once the old raw weathered oak beams arrive at your place for your oak beam fireplace, they will be prepped by hand for size, shape and straightness. This includes the removal of any rings or splinters that may be present. They will also need to have all of the nails and other hardware replaced. Green oak beams that have undergone this treatment will generally need to be left outside to dry completely, however, if weather conditions are mild enough, green oak beams can actually be left inside for a period of time.
Once the old green oak beams have dried and settled, they will need to be assembled. Often this consists of several sections of beams each fitted to roofs. In some cases, like flat roof cowls, all that is needed to complete the installation is four or five feet of long beam sections connected with four or five horizontal posts. These sections are secured to wooden rafters or headers via carpenters brackets.
Once the parts are securely in place, the roof cowls will need to be installed. Unlike traditional roofing methods, these new designs use an intermediate fixing method that allows the climatic conditions to be taken into consideration when installing the planks. The end result is a totally weather-resistant roof system. After all, when the beams were harvested from an old building, they were exposed to wind, rain and snow, which all change the way they behave. Over time, the beams will become slightly distorted due to these changing conditions. By using the same method that was used to treat the old oak beams, the new planks will be stronger, more resistant and last longer than normal types of roofing systems.
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Many roofing specialists believe that the material can be treated further to resist the change of climatic conditions. This could be an additional step towards recreating the look of 19th century barns. Some believe that if the air dried oak beams can be repaired using traditional joinery techniques, they can also retain their character and natural charm. Whether or not this is a good way to go remains to be seen as this type of repair for older materials may be difficult to pull off for a new building.
For those architects and planners who do not wish to go all the way with reconditioned barn construction, there is always the alternative of faux reclaimed beams. Like the air dried variety, these products are treated using an advanced drying technology. By using this method, the color of the wood is not lost, but instead, it is mimicked to a wood tone that closely resembles natural wood. While faux reclaimed oak beams offer a more modern design than the more traditional ones, they are still a cost-effective solution for anyone who is looking for an alternative.