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Wooden beams can be one of the key character features in a period home and as a result can keeping them in good condition is essential. Here are just a few tips on how you can monitor and address issues relating to your wooden beams, as well as bring your beams up to date.


Check for rotting

If knocking on your timber beam creates a hollow sound, then this could indicate that the timber inside is rotten. Another way to check for rotting is to driver a nail into the beam, if this goes in easily, this could also point to your beams being rotten.

Look for signs of woodworm

Holes in your wooden beams could be a sign that your beams have a woodworm infection, and it is important to look into treatment options as soon as possible to prevent any further damaging occurring.

If homeowners see bore dust, or frass on a regular basis, then this is also a strong indication that a wood-boring insect is present.

Check the ends of the beams

Damp is most common at the point that beams enter a wall and, causing the wood to become weak or rot. Regularly checking the ends of beams for signs of damp will help you identify problems at the earliest opportunity.



As with any other wood in your homes beams can be stained, varnished or painted to tie in with your existing design scheme. You new beam colour can also marry with the colour palette used in your existing property, e.g. using a darker stain or colour for a period property.


Accessories such as plaster casting moulds can be applied to ceiling beams to disguise the wood, or other material, and give them a unique look.

If you are renovating your home, The Sash Window Workshop can help with many aspects including timber sash windows.

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