We use two methods to create the beam covers, the first is using kiln dried boards jointed together these are a great and easy way to cover up any RSJ'S albeit steel or concrete, you don't even need to have an RSJ to cover, you can simply use these to clad a brick wall to add instant character to your room, giving the impression that it is in fact an oak beam.
We use character grade kiln grade boards which are jointed together, to form the covers and can use various methods to distress the boards to help the ageing effect, we can if requested hand scrape the boards.
The second method is to hollow out air dried beams, which essentially is a close to the real thing as you will get, we use a combination of chainsaws and hand tools to remove the material from the beam, it works like this, you have to leave roughly 40mm of material all the way around the beam for structural integrity, as with all air dried products the cracks that form as the beams slowly dry out can be quite deep, so if you have an RSJ that is 200mm wide x 150mm deep, you will need an oak beam with external measurements that are 280mm wide x 190mm deep, thats 40mm for each side cheek and 40mm for the underside.
Upon request we can also distress the main face of your covers by wire brushing the surface of the oak, this helps give depth to the grain and add an aged look, which is ideal for period or listed properties.
We can also supply a choice of either oak or wrought iron joint brackets if needed to cover up the joint line between where two box sections meet together, this is an option you could consider when covers will be over 3 mtrs long, as transport costs are extremely high once you get to 3mtrs and over, so for example a 4 mtr long beam cover could be supplied in two sections of 2mtrs long. We can supply covers finished in either a wax polish, Danish oil, or left for you to finish to your own taste once installed. For any enquiry regarding our beam covers please contact us on 01733 840968.