Monthly Archives: April 2018

Timber: Natural Knots & Shakes

Due to timber being a natural product, it is therefore affected by the environment and natural conditions that it is exposed to, much more than a manmade product would be. We find that particularly during the Summer months, many people deem that their timber product is faulty or has defects, a conclusion which is reached due to the appearance of cracks and splits in the timber.

In actual fact, this is very rarely the sign of a defect – it is simply the timber responding to its surroundings. Wood alters in a bid to match its environment in terms of moisture and temperature, which is known as an equilibrium, and whenever there are changes in the environment, the timber will seek to match them itself. The air’s moisture content is constantly moving up and down, as is the temperature, and the wood tries to match this – if the moisture content drops, the wood then dries out further as it looks to reach an equilibrium, which can cause it to crack and split.

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Many people then assume that this means the wood has become damaged, and that the timber is defective, however this is not the case, and is simply the natural product adjusting to its environment.

Checks are cracks which develop along the radius of a log. It rarely extends through the beam to the other side. Usually this is not a structural problem but is caused by moisture changes to the timbers throughout the seasons. Visually, a check is a long crack that appears as the sap wood of a timber shrinks around the heart of the wood over time. Checking is not a structural problem, and usually occurs only on one or two sides of a beam. Oak, however, can have surface checks everywhere, which many people feel add to the beautifully rustic appearance of a timber frame.

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Shakes usually occur around the growth rings of a timber. This is often just an aesthetic issue, like onion skin peeling away as the timber dries.

Dead branches drop off healthy, living trees all the time and wood knots appear in the trunk where the branches died. Knots are imperfections that cause living wood grain to grow around them and these imperfections are just a part of what makes wood a beautiful material with which to work with, and are totally natural and cannot be prevented.

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Sound or tight knots are solid and cannot be knocked loose because they are fixed by growth or position in the wood structure. Unsound knots – loose or whole – are knots which fall out of the lumber when pushed or have already fallen out. They are caused by a dead branch that was not fully integrated into the tree before it was cut down. This does not deem the timber unusable as it can either be cut around, given extra support (if required for weight baring) or may not require any alteration at all depending on the project.

Part of the charm of owning wooden garden furniture or features are their natural ability to change and suit their surroundings. Because of it being a natural process, the cracking and splitting of timber cannot be prevented. However, if it is a concern for you this it is happening, the process can be slowed by applying a treatment to the wood.

timber

eDecks offers some of the best deals on Timber around, including all of the installation supplies and tools you may need. Not only do we provide plenty of unbeatable deals but also:

Super-fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour Delivery on many products

Handy FREE installation guides and instructional videos

*Free delivery applies to most of the UK, but some areas may incur a charge. Please check the eDecks website for more details.

Contemporary Oak Doors: A Closer Look

Coventry six panel glazed
C
oventry Six Panel Glazed

Here at eDecks, we have a wide range of doors, and today we shall be taking a closer look at our Contemporary Oak Door collection. Within this collection, we have 24 stunningly designed contemporary oak doors, with some offering both imperial and metric options.

Ecuador
Ecuador

Mexicano glazed
Mexicano Glazed

Whilst apartment and loft-style living continues to appeal to those seeking a more contemporary lifestyle, exceptional value for money has never been more in vogue, which is why our surprisingly affordable contemporary range is perfect for those in the market for doors boasting sophisticated, aspirational looks and a price tag that belies the exceptional quality of finish.

Four Panel Glazed
Four Panel Glazed

mexicano
Mexicano

The range’s signature look is clean, simple lines which allow the enchanting natural qualities of the carefully selected timbers to really shine. Equally careful consideration has been given to the use of frosted, figured and clear bevelled glass, which beautifully enhances the aesthetics of the glazed models and brings an added dimension to these outstanding offerings.

Idaho
Idaho

utah glazed
Utah Glazed

All of our Contemporary Oak Doors are supplied unfinished and all imperial sizes are supplied in a 35mm thickness and metric sizes supplied in a 40mm thickness. We also offer a variety of door handles, whether you are wanting to keep with the contemporary feel of the door, or opt for something plain, traditional or a little different. Our door handles are sold in pairs and come supplied with bolt through fixings and grub screws to fix the spindle which is also included.

Lincoln
Lincoln

eDecks offers some of the best deals on Contemporary Oak Doors around, including all of the installation supplies and tools you may need. Not only do we provide plenty of unbeatable deals but also:

Super-fast FREE delivery on orders over £100*

48 Hour Delivery on many products

Handy FREE installation guides and instructional videos

*Free delivery applies to most of the UK, but some areas may incur a charge. Please check the eDecks website for more details.