Oak for Sale
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Oak For Sale in Suffolk
Slower growing and stronger than many other types of wood, oak has been used to build furniture and buildings for thousands of years. And for good reason, too - everything from its outstanding durability to its impressive longevity and timeless look makes it perfect for a wide range of joinery projects.
Providing a neat contrast to modern spaces and offering a sense of continuity to traditional ones, oak is a highly versatile material that can be used to create building structures, furniture, flooring, panelling, and veneers.
At Suffolk Timber Supplies, we ensure that all trades and public customers are able to get everything they need to get the job done, which is why we stock an extensive collection of oak construction beams, oak battens, French oak sleepers and posts, and French oak live edge slabs. In addition to these clearly defined product types, we also offer a custom oak cutting and finishing service for any bespoke requirements.
Ultimately, if you’re looking for dependable and quality oak timber for sale, you’ve come to the right place.
As one of the most popular types of wood, it’s no surprise that we get asked a lot of questions about oak. To clear up some of the most popular questions we hear, we’ve assembled a short FAQ below.
What are the Key Benefits of Oak?
When it comes to choosing the right timber for the job, it’s crucial that you know the advantages of oak, and why it is sometimes superior to other species. In particular, oak sets itself apart by being:
Strong and durable - as a medium density hardwood, oak is actually sturdier than certain tropical hardwoods. Such durability obviously means that you won’t need to think about upgrading your oak fixtures and furniture anytime soon. Indeed, there are countless examples of oak furnishings that have lasted centuries and still see frequent use today. In this way, you can think of buying oak as an investment in a material that will serve you well for many years.
For something seriously tough and long lasting, we’d recommend our premium French oak which is grown in a part of the world renowned for having the ideal conditions for producing strong oak.
Low Maintenance - Unlike other species of timber, oak requires very little upkeep. What’s more, its exposure to the elements can often enhance rather than impoverish its look and feel. Don’t believe us? Simply take a look at any oak that has been left out in the sun and you’ll notice it has a vibrant silvery quality to it. Similarly, oak that is exposed to a lot of rainwater will slowly darken and become warmer as the wood’s tannin levels mix with the moisture.
Traditional - There’s no getting away from the fact that oak is all but unbeatable when it comes to achieving classic styling. Whether it’s an exposed beam or a custom piece of furniture, oak will allow you to create a timeless and distinctive look with ease.
Highly Flexible - Whilst it has its common uses such as frames, beams and flooring, oak can also be used as a dependable timber species for cladding, fencing, and a range of decorative features. For some inspiration when it comes to project ideas, we’d recommend you check out the Suffolk Timber Supplies Instagram page where we regularly share the latest projects our customers complete using our oak.
What are the Most Common Uses of Oak?
Whilst the limits of using this species are limited only by your imagination, the most popular uses of oak include:-
You may choose to complete some jobs yourself based on research and guidance, but more complex jobs will require a skilled tradesperson to deliver the finish required.
Will Oak Sleepers Rot?
Like all types of wood, oak will eventually rot after being exposed to the elements. However, as a quality hardwood, oak is far more resistant to decay and has been known to maintain a good condition for up to 30-40 years without being treated. With this in mind, oak sleepers are a fantastic choice when it comes to planning a landscaping project. From raised beds to stairs, benches and garden edging, you can rely on our oak sleepers for sale to enhance the look of your garden for many years to come.
Is Oak Good for Furniture?
As a species of wood that is very resistant in the face of everyday wear and tear, oak is an ideal choice if you’re looking for a material to build furniture with. In addition to its celebrated durability, its timeless aesthetic means that you won’t feel the need to remove it from your home as interior and exterior trends come and go.
How Strong are Oak Beams?
Renowned for its strength, oak has an impressive strength to weight ratio. It’s so impressive, in fact, that it has actually been proven that oak is superior to steel when considering things from this point of view. What this means, of course, is that oak beams can handle their load with ease.
Does Oak Warp Easily?
Oak is a popular choice for patios, porches and all other manner of landscaping projects as it is less prone to warping than other types of wood. Of course, common sense applies and you should always be considerate of heat sources as well as moisture exposure when working with and placing oak. Like any wood oak can split and move, however we find it more stable than most softwoods.
What Are Oak Boules?
An oak boule is essentially a bundle of live edge slabs/flat planks from a tree trunk. We stock them Kiln Dried to minimize the moisture content and to reduce movement risk. The boules are great for making shelves, tables, and benches with that live edge quality or great to finish up nicely square. We provide them in a range of thicknesses to suit your application.
At Suffolk Timber Supplies, we take care to source high quality oak for sale to ensure that our customers are able to provide a superior finish to their projects.
Available to both domestic and trade customers, our team will be happy to deliver oak in and around Suffolk or arrange for a collection. Whether you’re ready to make an order, or have a few questions you need answering, simply give Suffolk Timber Supplies a call today.