Pros and Cons of Air Dried Oak Boards
Air Dried Oak flooring has become a popular choice for many people looking to install hardwood flooring. The reason for this is that unlike regular solid hardwood flooring, it can withstand daily wear and tear for many years. Its insect-resistant and versatile nature means that it can also be installed in many different places. The following are its main benefits and reasons for being such a great choice.
Air Dried Oak is a structural wood that is supplied following being freshly cut from the tree and allowed to dry fully for up to 1-3 days. The beam is going to have small splits in the surface of the wood that appear as your timber rapidly moves when moisture enters and exits the wood. This rapid movement is called the grain structure of your timber and if you don’t want your new floors to develop these faults, then you need to ensure that you apply the right finish. A good quality wood floor will have a consistent amount of grain and air dried oak can provide this. This means that the new beams can stand the test of time looking great.
Air dried oak flooring has a numbre of benefits
Air Dried Oak has a number of benefits over green oak that can be seen from a property’s perspective. One of these is that it doesn’t absorb much moisture and the amount it does absorb is minimal. As a result, it will not expand or contract due to changes in weather. Air Dried Oak has no splits and its surface is smooth, so it has a very appealing appearance when installed.
This type of hardwood also has a very consistent pattern of colour. It will be a rich golden brown with subtle highlights and no blemishes or scratches. Green oak tends to be a lighter colour with blemishes and more pockets of darker colouring than does air dried oak. When you combine the fact that it’s uniform and rich colour and that it absorbs little moisture, Air Dried Oak makes a great choice for a floor.
Air dried oak tends to split
Air Dried Oak tends to split at the seams as well as when it is not properly sealed. The moisture content is high enough to cause this and when the splits are complete they can lead to splitting. You may find that you need to sand the wood down before using it again. If the wood has been split or it’s sealant has been compromised, you will find that the cost of sealing it will be increased.
The third main difference between kiln dried oak and air dried oak is the drying time. With kiln dried timber, the process is slow due to the slow evaporation rate. Air dried oak, by contrast, dries out very quickly. Kiln dried wood tends to be stiff and hard, but once it’s fully dried, it’s incredibly easy to work with. It is also relatively easy to carve, due to the nature of the drying process. Air dried timber splits easily and is much more prone to distortion.
So, overall, air dried oak wood is better for you. However, if you have green oak wood, kiln dried is your best option. You can save money and ensure that you’re protecting your investment. In addition to saving money, you’ll also be able to use sustainable wood, helping to prevent further degradation of the environment. In the long run, it’s a great choice.
If you’re shopping for new hardwood flooring, take a moment to consider how the two types of timber compare. When you learn more about the differences, you’ll be able to make an informed decision. If you’re still unsure, contact a local flooring retailer. They’ll be happy to answer any questions or guide you in the right direction. Either way, good luck!