The collection of faux wood beams at Volterra Architectural Products are a fantastic way to add some character to your home without breaking the bank. However, we understand that some people prefer the look and feel of real wood beams in their ceilings. That’s why we also offer real wood ceiling beams, too.

Our collection of natural wood beams are available in various sizes and styles to fit your project’s needs. However, before you purchase and install real wood beams in your home, there are a few things you should know.

They Are Not Solid

Although they are manufactured to look like a solid piece of wood, our real wood beams are actually hollow on the inside. This makes them much lighter than solid wood beams, which is an important consideration during the installation process.

They Are Not Load-Bearing

If you’re looking for beams to support the weight of your home, real wood beams are not the right choice. Because they are box-style and hollow on the inside, they are not structurally sound enough to support a home’s weight. These beams should be installed for decorative purposes only.

They Are Manufactured with Edge Grain Seams and Butt Joints

All of our real wood beams are made with edge-grain seams and butt joints. These types of joints are not as strong as mortise and tenon or dovetail joints, so the beams should be handled with care during installation.

Finishes and Sealers Are Available

To help protect your beams and keep them looking their best, we offer a variety of stylish finishes and sealers in three different levels of protection: 15 Sheen, 45 Sheen, and 90 Sheen. These additions will be an extra cost to your project, but they’re worth it to ensure your beams last for years to come.

If you’re considering adding real wood beams to your home, we hope this information has been helpful. Be sure to consult with a professional before installation to ensure the beams are installed properly and safely. Check out our selection of real wood beams today.