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Your Build - Winter 2017

Groundwork & Landscaping Phase4 Winter 2017 57 4Assembly: The introduction of oakframing kits has significantly reduced the level of support needed to erect an oak-frame building. If you possess a basic knowledge of joinery or carpentry, then this would be an ideal project for you. However, it is recommended that a minimum of two people are needed to erect the oak frame due to the weight of the beams. As a guide, an experienced team of fitters will take between one and four days depending on the style of the frame, so this might help you gauge the timeframe needed for less experienced assemblers. All reputable suppliers, including Oak Frames Direct, will provide a full inventory plus easy-to-follow assembly instructions and guidelines for further treatment of any extras, such as weatherboarding. �� 5Maintenance: The oak frames that form part of your garage will not require treating, as over time they age gracefully turning silver. However, due to the natural moisture content of Green Oak, you may notice natural tannins (black marks) appearing on your oak. These marks will naturally disappear with time but if you wish to remove them straight away, you can use a product called oxalic acid. Otherwise, the external oak will not require treating. Instead the joinery and weatherboard will need treatment on a regular basis. Be aware that leaving joinery untreated may lead to cracking, splitting or movement in the timber, for which we cannot be held responsible. All joinery including oak should be treated as soon as possible on both sides, top, bottom and both edges. This will prevent water stains and the absorption of water into the timber, thereby reducing the risk of problems with the doors and windows and help with maintenance and cleaning. For softwood weatherboard, stain as soon as possible with the colour of your choice to stop water penetration, and to give an even colouring. If left unstained the timber will weather unevenly and go a patchy grey colour in appearance. Untreated boarding will also absorb moisture leaving the inside face damp during long periods of inclement weather. http://www.oakframesdirect.com


Your Build - Winter 2017
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