Types of planed oak

Types of planed oak

Feb 21, 2021, 4:18:34 AM Life and Styles

Planed oak is one of the most used and desirable hardwood. It is suitable for various purposes. Varying on the type of use, the planed oak beams can be classified into different categories. Depending on the number of planes visible, these planed oak are suitable for a variety of uses. But there is one drawback with this, the more sides that are planed, the more is the cost for it. Based on the number of sides planed the beams become costlier. So it is very important to know that which type of beam you want according to your requirement. Here are some of the types of planed oak beams.

1. PAR:

The acronym PAR stand for Planed All Round. This means that the beam is planed from all the four sides. The timber is smooth on all the sides, hence giving it a glossy overall finish. This involves more production work and making it one of the most costliest options for the customers. PAR is mainly used in structures where all the four sides are visible. For example, support posts for gazebos, open porches, covered gateways and fenceposts. This planed oak beams is also suitable for layering and overlapping as thin edges will be visible clearly. 

2. PSE:

PSE stands for Planed Single Edge or Planed Square edge. In spite of different names the meaning of both the acronyms remain same. The name justifies its type. This planed oak beam is planed only from one side. Usually one of the wider sides is always planed. This type of planed oak beams is available on traditional beams. They are widely used for cladding, decking or other floor surfaces where only one side of the beam is visible. One of the best part about this beam is that it gives a smooth, splinter free floor surface making it apt for walking. 

3. PBS:

This is another category of the planed oak beams. This is less known that the other two types of the planed oak. PBS stands for Planed both sides. In this case, both the wider sides of the beams have been planed smooth. The two narrow sides are left rough and unfinished. We can see these beams most on the floorboards in raised balconies or verandas as the timber can only be seen from the above and below. The narrow edges are left unfinished as they are hidden and no one can see them. Because of this, these planed oak beams are relatively cheaper than the other two types. These are also less expensive to produce. PBS beams are also good for cladding open carports or oak garages as the wall surface will be visible both inside and out. 

These are some of the types of planed oak beams that are used on a regular basis. Traditional beams produces all of these types of beams with exceptional quality. If you are planning to give your garden a completely different look and is looking for a perfect deal, then traditional beams is one good stop. The quality of the beams are great with affordable prices. 

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