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Construction Process for Oak Frames

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construction processWhether you’re constructing an oak stable, garage or even a home, the process of building an oak frame is normally the same. To give you more information about what you can expect when constructing an oak frame, the team here at Carvalo have put together a step-by-step guide of the process.

Site preparation

The first step to take in constructing an oak frame is to prepare the site for the arrival of your oak. You need to ensure you have good access points for the timber and tools you will need to be delivered, as well as set out the relevant markings for your construction and have enough space around the site to store your wood and move around freely.

Fitting the first layer

Once your wood has been delivered, you can start putting your frame together. Sole plates are normally fitted into the foundations first, but alternatively you can opt for your wall plates to be fit first instead. Sole plates are fitted in strategic places that will have been pre-planned by your construction crew to prevent moisture transferring from the masonry into the wood and weakening the structure, or even causing mould growth.

Start the building work

Once the sole plates have been installed and made level, the posts and braces are put into position. After this has been done, the rest of the construction process goes much quicker as the posts make up for shaping the structure and allow other layers of timber to be added.

Add the roof

Once you’ve completed building the walls of your frame, the roof timbers are the next step. These are usually added onto the structure last, but in cases where the roof timbers form part of the wall structure too, the stages are often merged together to make the process easier.

Peg the oak frame

Once you have the frame in place, it is time to start pegging it. Pegs are driven through the frame to provide strength to the joints of the structure and ensure it is sturdy and safe. Pegging the frame is an additional measure as the frame will be strong enough to stand unaided, but if you are wanting a high quality and long lasting structure, this step should not be skipped.

Protect the structure

Once the completed frame is up and standing, it is a good idea to keep the structure protected from weather damage or moisture – apply the wood with a preserver and cover it over with tarpaulin if rain is forecast.

Carvalo have been constructing beautiful, long lasting and high quality timber buildings for over 10 years, and all of our structures are designed with our customer’s specifications in mind to ensure complete satisfaction every time. For more information on our services, get in contact with one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members today; we’re always happy to help with any enquiries.

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