WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF OAKWRIGHTS OVER OTHER SUPPLIERS?
Oakwrights Country Buildings design and build the very finest oak framed garages, timber-framed buildings and timber garden buildings in the UK. Our construction techniques combine the best of traditional methods with the most up to date technological advances in CNC machining. The end result is a range of beautifully finished oak framed buildings that are economically constructed to give you the best value for money anywhere in the UK.
WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF OAK CLADDING OVER SOFTWOOD?
Oak cladding is a much more durable timber than softwood. It has the advantage that no further maintenance will be usually be required for anywhere between 25–100 years. Typically, oak will have a service life in excess of 2-3 times longer than treated softwood.
DO I NEED PLANNING PERMISSION IF I AM JUST REPLACING AN EXISTING BUILDING?
It depends on the size and location of the existing building and if your property is listed, in a Conservation Area, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Park or the Broads. We would recommend talking to your local Planning authority for initial advice. Further information can be obtained from the Planning Portal: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/
BEING BASED IN HEREFORD ARE YOU ABLE TO WORK ON MY PROJECT IN SUSSEX/SURREY/KENT/THE MOON...?
Yes, although our design/manufacturing base is in Hereford, we work all over the country. We also have regionally based design consultants who are able to provide bespoke designs for you and assist with any planning applications required.
I WANT A BUILDING THAT IS DIFFERENT TO WHAT IS ON YOUR WEBSITE/IN YOUR BROCHURE, DO YOU OFFER A DESIGN SERVICE?
Yes, we can offer a complete bespoke design service. Our regional design consultants can work with you to create a building that completely suits your needs.
I HAVE HEARD THAT OAK MOVES, CAN THIS BE AVOIDED?
No, all green oak frames shrink as they dry out; known as the seasoning process. This process will take many years; although the most obvious shrinkage will occur in the first couple of years. This is an entirely natural process during which time the frame will develop cracks (known as ‘shakes’), twist and settle. This period of ‘movement’ is not as violent as the term suggests. All of the jointing and pegging that has been designed into your frame will minimise this movement and, in the process, become stronger as a result.
DO I NEED TO TREAT IT?
As a rule, we don’t recommend treating the exterior face of the oak. The dark tannin stains and patchy appearance will even out over the coming years as the frame seasons and silvers. We believe it is better for your oak frame to adapt to the local conditions and seasonal fluctuations; without interference from oils or waxes. The worst thing that can happen to an oak frame is for it to be unable to breathe. All surface treatments will restrict the release of moisture from the frame to a greater or lesser extent. It is the drying out and hardening of the timbers that protect the oak from rot and pests, as well as giving the wood its strength and character.
HOW DO I CLEAN IT?
The oak can be cleaned by blasting (specialist company required) sanding or cleaning with Oxalic Acid. Both sanding and acid cleaning can be DIY following all H & S guidance.
WHEN WILL THE TANNIN STOP COMING OUT?
The tannin leaching out of the oak is a natural process and will stop as the oak dries out. Over time, natural weathering will wash away the stains.
HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?
Traditional green oak framing is a centuries-old building method, whilst there is no definitive lifetime for an oak framed building, the frame could well last in excess of 200 years.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO PUT UP?
It depends on the complexity of the project and the surrounding site conditions – a 2 bay open garage on a clear level open site can be erected and clad in 1-2 days with an additional 2-3 days to felt, batten and tile. A 3 bay room over garage would be 4-5 days to erect and a similar time to felt, batten and roof. Sites with difficult access or other buildings in close proximity may take longer.
WILL THE SHAKES MEAN IT MIGHT FALL OVER?
No, the shakes down the grain of the timber are part of the oaks natural drying process and are to be expected. Any structural defects within the timber will have been picked up at the grading/machining/framing stages of the process and the timber rejected.
WILL YOU TAKE THE RUBBISH?
We request that a skip is provided for all building rubbish. If no skip is provided, we will leave all waste/surplus material in a neat pile for the client to use/dispose of as they see fit.
WHERE DO THE BLACK MARKS COME FROM?
The black marks are caused by the oak coming into contact with iron or steel during the milling/machining/framing up and erecting process. It must be realised that heavy oak framing is not a carpentry/furniture type activity and some marks are inevitable due to the multi-man/machining/handling of the timbers.
HOW DO YOU GET RID OF THE BLACK MARKS?
The marks can be removed by blasting (specialist company required) sanding or cleaning with Oxalic Acid. Both sanding and acid cleaning can be DIY following all H & S guidance.
WHERE IS MY OAK FROM?
We buy our oak direct from French or German sawmills. The oak is sourced from single species forests which are cropped on a rotating cycle. The competition between the trees to reach the sunlight results in the trees having very long straight trunks compared to those grown in mixed deciduous woodland.
IS THE OAK FROM A SUSTAINABLE SOURCE?
Yes, all our oak is sourced from mills in France and Germany and comes from managed forests. FSC/PFC certification can be provided if requested at the time of order.