Why Choose American White Oak Timber For Your Flooring?
American White Oak is the trade name for a variety of hardwood species from the Quercus genus. The wood is imported from eastern USA and used for a variety of applications, including furniture, flooring and joinery.
White Oak is used for a wide range of applications, including shipping and boat building, flooring, architectural joinery, exterior joinery, railways sleepers and timber bridges due to its strength and resistance to decay.
It is also an excellent wood to use in high-grade furniture, interior woodwork and paneling. Because of its impermeability, this hardwood is suitable for vats and casks holding liquids such as wine and spirits.
The Colour Range of American Oak
American White Oak timber is pale yellow-brown to mid-brown, sometimes with a pink tinge. The sapwood is light coloured. It has a mainly straight grained with a medium to coarse texture, and with longer rays and more figure than Red Oak. It has large distinctive growth rings and some medullary rays may be present.
Due to its interesting and prominent grain pattern and consistency of colour throughout the timber, it’s a very popular hardwood species for flooring, joinery and furniture.
This Oak species is a hard and heavy wood, with low stiffness and medium crushing and bending strength. It also has extremely good steam bending properties. It’s easy to machine, nail, glue and screw. It stains easily and can take a wide variety of colours. It is a slow-drying wood, so care needs to be taken to avoid checking. Also, given its high shrinkage rate, under variable moisture conditions it is susceptible to some movement.
This hardwood is suitable for:
- Interior Rails and Balustrades
- Interior Stairs
- Internal Paneling
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