How is oak used in construction?

Oak is perhaps one of the most iconic native British tree species, and it’s renowned for being incredibly strong and very slow growing, with trees taking hundreds of years to reach their full size. For this reason, oak tends to be expensive, but it truly is an investment material that lasts the test of time and which looks incredibly beautiful too.

So how is oak used in construction nowadays? Here are some of the most common applications in which joiners tend to use it and the types of projects for which it tends to be most highly in demand as a material.

1. Conservatories

High-end conservatories often use oak. This is because the wood is quick, easy to work with, and excellent for building frames. It allows structures to come together fast and works very well for trusses, pillars and beams. An oak framed conservatory will always catch the eye as being something of excellent quality. You can see examples here:

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2. Extensions

For the reasons described above, oak is also very popular for building house extensions and for restoring barns. It is also in widespread use in garden offices and other garden structures intended to last for a long time.

3. Bespoke kitchens

Oak gains a natural patina over time and its beautiful appearance is distinct and desirable, showcasing high-end credentials and taste. For this reason, it is often used for luxury kitchens where the emphasis is on top-of-the-range materials and joinery.

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4. Cabinets

Oak is so durable, long-lasting, beautiful and versatile that it is also a popular choice for joiners when they are making bespoke cabinets, libraries, shelves and other exacting pieces of work that need to be precise and able to withstand warping or movement over time.

Oak is a wonderful choice for building work of all kinds, and it is also sustainable as a native species to British shores. The price for oak does tend to reflect its high quality, but for projects that are being designed to last, you can’t beat this beautiful, natural wood.

Author: Richard Brown

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