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  • June 11, 2008 at 11:00 pm #3931

    sue
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    I want suggestions as to wether to use oak or soft wood for the exterior cladding of an oak frame barn. I don’t want a black stained wood – will look rather oppressive next to the main house with white clap board. Also is it true that oak distorts and warps. I had hoped in time that the timber would fade to that silvery colour

    June 13, 2008 at 10:33 am #5430

    mbc
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    Oak definitely can stain to black unless treated and treatments tend to be dark in colour giving the dodgy dark brown ‘barn conversion’ look … however, the staining whilst black in parts will be silvery in others – the exact colouring will depend on the wood, weather and all those other variables that will effect it.

    So long as the wood has been aged and is sap free, it is fine for external use outdoors in the UK.

    Don’t forget there are many other types of hard-wood – shop around and see what you can find.

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