Traditional Strength | Oak Conservatories

Traditional Strength

Are you confused about what type of Oak you should be using in your project?

Seasoned - Air Dried - Green Oak

One of the most frequent question we get asked is: "What is the difference between Seasoned Oak, Green Oak & Air Dried Oak?"

Naturally seasoned for traditional strengthNaturally seasoned for traditional strength

All the oak used for our conservatories has been naturally seasoned; felled, stacked and allowed to dry and weather before it is sliced into the required shapes and sizes needed. As a rule of thumb, properly seasoned timber takes approximately 1 year for each 1″ (25mm) of thickness to dry.

For additional strength, the oak used by Richmond Oak is subject to a further process whereby the oak is sliced into boards 20-30mm thick and glued together with alternating grain. This glulam process creates rafters and frames which are more stable, less likely to twist or warp, and up to approx 30% stronger.

The result is superior in every way to the more usual green (unseasoned), now often referred to as Air Dried Oak. warps and splits when natural weathering occurs.

The naturally-seasoned oak used by Richmond Oak has already been weathered, stacked and dried to the required moisture content prior to use. When it is turned into timber frames every upright stays true, every joint tight and weatherproof for years to come.

With naturally-seasoned oak the exterior increases in beauty as it ages and weathers.

Oak boards stacked to be air dried and naturally seasoned for approx. 1 year per 25mm thickness.

Oak boards stacked to be air dried and naturally seasoned for approx. 1 year per 25mm thickness.

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