There are many different kinds of oak beams on the marketplace, namely, red oak beams, galvanized or painted oak beams, solid oak beams, like those from Timberpride, and engineered oak beams. Even though today the word galvanized or painted oak is commonly used by the timber industry, it’s often misunderstood by the general public. Oak is not vulnerable to extreme weather conditions, such as wind, hail, snow, rain, or sun damage. The result is uncompromised structural soundness. In addition, oak beams are also less prone to splintering.
Because of this, oak beams come with a higher moisture content, which is why they are often more expensive than other kinds of wood beams (such as green oak beams). Moisture content increases with age of the tree, so older trees are typically sturdier and more durable than younger ones. Oak trees have longer growing seasons than most other kinds of trees, which means that the amount of moisture that they experience in a year is significantly greater than that of other kinds of trees.
Another advantage of oak beams is that they are less susceptible to insect infestation. Moths and certain forms of beetles infest houses made of timber, so it’s important that homeowners regularly inspect their houses for signs of infestation. While there are commercial products on the marketplace that will easily eradicate any bugs that may infest your house, homeowners can protect their wooden furniture and cabinets from infestation by washing them thoroughly with soap and water at least once each month.