3 reasons why you should choose oak over other woods

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Wondering which wood to choose for your next project? Then look no further. Oak is a wood which offers a multitude of benefits, which is why, here at Traditional Beams, all of our fireplace beams are made from high-quality air dried European oak.

Here are just 3 of the many reasons why oak stands out:

1) Oak beams are durable

In Latin, oak is known as Quercus robur, meaning strength.

Oak is a hardwood, meaning that it is extremely dense. Its natural strength means that it can and does last for many, many years, with some saying that oak actually gets stronger as it ages. This is why it has been used to build a wide range of structures throughout history. As well as its inherent strength, oak is also resistant to moisture. Oak has even been used for building ships!

This impressive wood has also been utilised for constructing supporting beams in houses for many years.

All of this means that if you buy an oak fireplace beam, you are making an investment that should last for many years.

2) Oak looks great, too

Oak has a unique appearance and has a natural richness, which we don’t think can be matched by any other wood.

Oak beams can add character and a feeling of warmth to any home. Best of all, oak is a particularly versatile wood and looks amazing both when it’s left looking more rustic and when it’s cut into a more sleek and modern style.

3) Oak can be sustainable

If you buy anything for your home made out of wood, it is important to know that the wood you are buying is sustainable and you are not funding irresponsible deforestation.

Here at Traditional Beams, all of the oak that we use to make our range of fireplace beams or rustic floating shelves, is sourced from sustainable woodland, mainly in France. Indeed, we ensure that we only use wood from well-managed woodlands in Europe. This way, you can be sure that when you buy one of our wooden products, you are contributing to the future success of this amazing type of tree.

Why buy an oak fireplace beam from us?

Since we launched in 2011, we have gained the reputation as one of the UK’s leading oak fireplace beam suppliers.

Although we now stock other products, such as floating shelves, our oak fireplace beams remain our primary focus.

Our British-made oak beams come in a range of different styles, so you’re sure to find one to suit your home. You can even take advantage of our bespoke service, where you can customise your own fireplace beam to exactly the way you want it.

Have any questions? We offer free expert advice – get in touch to speak to a member of our team.