Oak is a naturally robust and hard-wearing material, formally classified by TRADA (Timber Research and Development Association) as durable, and is readily available in a wide range of section sizes and lengths.
For this reason it has been the preferred material for building external structures for many hundreds of years and we continue to champion its use. When called for, we have undertaken projects which combine Oak with yet more durable species of timber, such as FSC Teak or Greenheart, which is used extensively in the marine industry for more demanding situations, such as shoreline groynes and piers.
We seek to bring an informed and intelligent approach to using timber in the external environment. These structures require careful design and detailing to maximizing longevity, ensure good drainage and avoid water traps, and be easily maintained. Ventilation, contact with the ground and proximity to areas where splashing occurs, are all areas to be considered carefully.