About the Jarrah Tree
The majestic Jarrah is a type of Australian eucalyptus tree. They grow on the plains in the south-western corner of Western Australia, spanning from Perth down to Albany.
These trees are known for being slow-growers, with their roots delving to great lengths for water and nutrients. Their straight, yet beautifully grained trunks can grow up to 50 metres tall and up to 3.5 metres in diameter. The bark has a rough and fibrous texture and the flowers are small and white.
Jarrah trees germinate from lignotubers (a woody swelling of the root stem), opposed to seeds like many other trees. This allows young trees to regenerate after a bushfire.
Jarrah is a unique Australian hardwood notorious for its adaptability. Jarrah timber is famous for reflecting the deep red hues of the Western Australian landscape. The timber varies in shades from deep browns, to burgundy and rich red. Jarrah timber has a moderately coarse and even-textured grain, with interlocking and wavy grains.
Natural properties of Jarrah include a high resistance to extreme weather conditions, fire, rotting and termites. For these reasons, it is an ideal timber for outdoor applications. It is strong and durable, which makes it a perfect candidate for a range of design and structural uses. It has been used in wharf and bridge construction, railway sleepers, cross arms, and poles. In homes, Jarrah’s applications include house framing, interior panelling, flooring, decking and fencing. Jarrah’s attractive tones also make it popular for use in furniture, turnery, joinery and parquetry.
Jarrah timber is easiest to work with when it is green, once seasoned, it is still relatively easy to work with despite its density. Jarrah can also be machined and turned easily, as well as planed, glued and steam bent. Due to its density, care must be taken when using nails. Jarrah timber takes to staining, polishing and painting without any issues. The timber has an inground lifespan of up to 25 years and an above-ground lifespan of up to 40 years.
Jarrah in Flooring
Jarrah’s striking colour and exceptional hardness are a perfect combination for commercial and residential flooring. Jarrah floors will add warmth and charm to any space. The timber has an interesting grain pattern and a variety of colours to choose from making it popular for both internal and external flooring.
Your Jarrah flooring is easy to maintain. It is recommended to clean it with a dust mop, soft-bristled broom, vacuum cleaner, or a wood floor mop kit. Never use a wet mop or a steam mop as excess water can seep between the floorboards and cause damage. It is also not recommended to use wax, oil, soap or any abrasive cleaners on Jarrah flooring to maintain optimum quality.
At Back To Timber, we offer a variety of Jarrah timber flooring options. Check out some of our favourites below.
If you have questions about these products or any other flooring products, please contact our friendly team. We’d love to hear from you!