Why Do We Use Oak Wood For Our Windows and Doors?
Mar 25, 2014
We love oak. To us it is an example of nature at its best, a pure and incredible material which has been used, and continues to be used throughout the centuries. It is our love affair with the material which lead us to start out our business of manufacturing bespoke oak windows and doors, and which still inspires us to this very day.
But what is so great about oak? I hear you ask. Well, our fondness isn't mere whimsy. It is one of, if not the best material for manufacturing windows, doors and so much more.
Strength and Hardness of Oak
With a density of around 0.75 g/cm3, oak wood is very strong, though not so hard that it makes cutting or manipulating it an arduous task. It has a medium bending strength, which means that shaping it is a fairly simple process when unseasoned, though when dry it becomes extremely hard and durable. This combined with its high crushing strength make it great for use in building supports and window and door frames where it will be put under considerable pressure and stress.
Resistance to Infection and Insects
Whilst a lot of woods may require a great deal of treatment to prevent, or at least put off fungus and insects, oak's high tannin content means that it is naturally resistant to such attacks. This makes it ideal for things like external doors and windows where it will come into contact with a lot of moisture and wildlife.
Oak has an inherent natural beauty. The way in which the oak tree grows, produces a long grain with occasional swirls and burs which give each individual cut its own personality. Its intricate and individual style give whatever it constructs a real sense of uniqueness in design. That's not to mention all the kinds of beautiful types available, like Red and White Oak, which have their own quirks.
External wooden units face the issue of movement and cracking due to water absorption, which causes the grains to swell and can cause windows and doors to no longer fit within their frames. Whilst oak can also suffer from the same issue, its tight porous structure means that it will not take on as much water compared to many other woods. Combined with our triple layered hardwood designs and finishing treatments, the problem of movement along the grain is practically negligible in our oak windows.
All of these factors, along with the fact that oak is a sustainable, green product, mean that is ideal for use in construction and design. Along with its rich and lustrous characteristics, it's perfect for outer facing units which will give your property an individual and classic look.