02 Mar Imitation Oak Beams Vs Real Wood Oak Beams
When To Use Imitation Oak Beams Instead Of Real Wood Oak Beams
Wooden beams offer beauty and elegance in residential and commercial settings.
In homes, wooden beams are rustic and charming. They draw attention to the structural elements of the home and establish a focal point that pulls the eye upward, creating a sense of space. In commercial settings, wooden beams create a sense of mood and ambiance.
Imitation Beams vs. Real Wood Beams
Wooden beams expensive. Before you can decide between imitation beams vs. real wood beams, you must first know the pros and cons of each.
Pros and Cons of Imitation Beams
The benefits offered when using imitation beams include:
Low-maintenance. Faux beams do not need to be stained or painted; once we have handcrafted them they retain the look of natural wood without any alteration.
Pest-free. Unlike real wood, imitation beams are not consumable by wood-eating pests.
Easily customized to your home’s style. Our imitation oak beams are handcrafted to mimic the look of real wood and come in different colors and types, from light unfinished wood to dark walnut beams.
In very few applications, you may find some disadvantages of using faux beams:
Do not offer structural support. Imitation faux beams are not designed to hold up a home or hold up anything heavy.
Pros and Cons of Real Wood Beams
The advantages of using real wood beams may include:
Can provide structural support. Real wood beams are strong and can provide enough support that they can stabilize a wall or even a foundation.
Natural beauty. Real wood has true character, so it’s beautiful to see and fun to admire.
Be aware of the drawbacks to choosing real wood, like:
Expensive. The cost of materials and the experienced contractor and structural engineer can be really expensive.
May require more maintenance. A real wood beam may need to be re-stained or re-painted from time to time.
Vulnerable to wood-eating pests. Wood-eating pests are attracted to real wood beams. This can become a dangerous situation, especially if the beam provides structural stability.
Expensive. Solid wood beams can be very expensive and cost prohibitive.
Faux Beams vs. Real Wood Beams: Which Is Best?
Real wooden beams are best when there is a need for real structural support. To offer support, the beam must be installed at the time of construction or must be integrated into the construction of the structure.
If you’re building a home and would like your house to have visible wooden beams integrated into the interior, talk to your building contractor.
Installing real wooden beams after the home has already been constructed may be very difficult. Installation after construction is complete would require help from a contractor who knows how to do the job safely, and without damaging the structure itself. That contractor may require additional help from other employees and specialized tools to attach the beam.
In an already existing home, imitation beams are usually best. They’re easy for Unreal Oak Beams to install, and they cost far less money. They’re also the best option if the home needs no structural support.
The same is true of commercial businesses. Often, the best non-residential structures for wooden beams are places like restaurants, where the ambiance is a crucial part of the dining experience, and in churches. Wood is warm, comforting, and has the weight of tradition.
In existing commercial buildings, faux beams are easier and inexpensive to install. As in homes, they draw the eye upward and create a sense of loftiness. They can decorate a ceiling, or reinforce a sense of beauty in the structure.
Who Should Consider Faux Wood Beams?
Anyone involved in the construction or renovation of a home or building may consider faux beams for their structure. Even a newly built structure can benefit from faux wood beams if there is no need for structural wood.
Remember, imitation wood beams are easier to maintain than real wood. It does not need to be stained, and it is not vulnerable to wood-eating pests. For a homeowner or building owner who wants maintenance-free imitation oak beams, faux is best.
Sophisticated & Affordable Faux Wood Beams
At Unreal Oak Beams, we provide high-quality handcrafted imitation wood beams to business owners and homeowners just like you. Our products are nearly indistinguishable from real wood. They offer all the characteristics of real wood, including texture, wood grain, warmth of character and bold, dark beauty. And, you’ll never have to worry about wood pests or staining your beams.
Unreal Oak Beams is well rated by customers and prides itself on producing an easy-to-install product.