We understand that each self-builder has different requirements. We offer a flexible approach to the build process enabling you to customise a build package to suit you and your budget.
Fascias, soffits and bargesFind out more...
The term roofline is used as a generic term to describe the fascia, soffits, bargeboards and cladding that form the frontage adjacent to the roof and the eaves of most homes.
The difference between an attractive roof and an unsightly roof is often as simple as the appearance of the soffits and fascias and Welsh Oak Frame’s can provide a range of options that complement and enhance the overall design of your new home.
An upgrade to our standard structural joist supporting systemFind out more...
Unless your project is single storey, your oak frame will require a structural floor system which in essence will add further rigidly to the frame strength and offer a bearing surface for you to mount your chosen flooring material to.
Welsh Oak Frame offers a choice or combination of the following flooring products:
1. Softwood joists
Timber floor systems remain a popular choice amongst self-builders, probably due to the fact that they are a relatively inexpensive option as well as being straightforward to build and easy to adapt on site. They typically span up to about 5m between structural walls with the end needing the support of galvanised steel joist hangers or built into the walls.
To prevent joists deflecting or moving, bracing in the form of herringbone strutting needs to be inserted between the joists, usually comprising purpose-made steel X struts and wooden noggin offcuts. Steel straps also help prevent movement by tying floors to the main walls.
2. Engineered I-joists
Also known as I-beams, this flooring system is strong and lightweight and can span 6m or more without support from internal walls or beams. They can also be installed in half the time. Their superior rigidity and strength-to-weight ratio makes for easier handling, and feature pre-formed knock out panels designed for pipes and cables to be threaded through. They can be cut to length and the webs can be drilled. I-joists are not prone to shrinking and warping making them perfect for quiet floors and therefore a popular choice for self-builders.
3. Open metal web joists
Open metal web joists feature a wavy metal web centre and are extremely strong and capable of achieving unrestricted spans of up to 7.5m. They are light enough to easily carry up a ladder with one hand and installation is quick. There is no need for bracing which helps to reduce labour costs and like I-joists they have the benefit of not being prone to shrinkage related problems.
Because the whole system is open, they can accommodate bulky service runs so are particularly suited to mechanical ventilation ducting and full bore 100mm waste pipes.
Our own PAS24:2012 accredited direct glazing system certified by UKAS accredited test laboratory, Build Check Ltd.Find out more...
Today’s oak frame homes are notable for their large areas of glazing creating a seamless flow between the interior and garden space, truly bringing the “outdoors, indoors”.
Essentially, oak frame structures are built with “green oak”, which simply means that the timber will move slightly (shrink and expand) as the moisture content in the wood fibre changes. This has no impact on the structural integrity and strength of the frame however glass is a very rigid material, and if installed wrongly, as the timber moves it could impose forces on the glass, which may crack or shatter at worst, or at least leave gaps for cold air draughts or rain water ingress.
Your oak frame can be designed to receive either pre-manufactured joinery products such as casement windows and doors, or you may wish to opt for a direct glazing system.
Welsh Oak Frame’s direct glazing system overcomes these challenges, where the glazing can be directly fitted into large frame sections, giving aesthetically appealing “walls of glass” which are structurally sound, weatherproof and draught proof. We use up to eleven separate elements, including different sealants, membranes, gaskets and foam adhesives, as well as specially kiln dried oak beading.
To meet Parts K (barrier) and Part Q (security) of current building regulations, Welsh Oak Frame have had their direct glazing system fully tested by UKAS accredited test laboratory, Buildcheck Ltd and now holds PAS24:2012 certification giving you peace of mind and the assurance that your glazing and oak frame will work in harmony together.
Our own BM-TRADA and K-Rend approved infill panelsFind out more...
Infill panels are panels within the oak frame to enable it to be exposed externally.
Welsh Oak Frame’s highly experienced design team can work with you to provide the most suitable and efficient infill panel system for your new home, to accommodate your chosen external elevation finish and designed to meet the highest standards of insulation, breathability and air-tightness allowing for any movement of your oak frame.
Manufactured in our own workshops to exact tolerances, our panels are site ready with breather membrane systems already installed, making site installation a straight- forward option.
Our traditional infill panel system has been tried, tested and approved to the highest standards by the UK’s leading authority on timber technology, BM TRADA and approved by K-Rend offering you peace of mind and assurance that your encapsulation system will also meet the demands of the future.