White Oak Flooring
About White Oak
Oak trees come in many varieties. This article will be discussing the American White Oak, scientifically known as Quercus alba. The American White Oak tree can grow anywhere between 24 to 30 metres tall, with a trunk that can be up to 8 metres wide. They usually live for around 200-300 years and if undisturbed can live between 500-600 years.
The deciduous American White Oak has light grey bark, lush green foliage and small yellow-green flowers. The fruit of the oak tree is the well-known acorn, which has served as a food source for humans and animals for thousands of years. More than 180 species of animals are known to use American White Oak acorns as food.
White Oak Timber
Being such a dense and resilient timber, American White Oak is popular for a number of uses. American White Oak timber is known for its moderately coarse but straight and even grain, with highly noticeable growth rings and medium-to-large pores.
White Oak timber can be used for multiple applications such as timber panelling, joinery, mouldings, interior rails and balustrades, and both interior and exterior flooring. American White Oak timber can be used practically, but also decoratively for things such as furniture, linings, parquetry flooring, laminated beams, joinery, and turnery.
American White Oak is resistant to decay, and is also highly durable and workable. Known for its versatility in machining, White Oak turns well to a smooth surface. There is no difficulty fixing White Oak to standard fittings and fastenings. Using standard procedures, American White Oak timber will bond quite well, and will also readily take stain, polish, and paint. Its spectacular appearance after being stained or polished is one of the reasons it’s such a popular timber.
American White Oak timber is fairly easy to drill into, with the finished product being clean and to-size, however, pre-drilling is often necessary to achieve perfect nailing, which tends to hold well. When planning American White Oak timber, slight pressure will be required, and the surface is fairly smooth when working with the grain.
White Oak in Flooring
American White Oak is used for structural and/or finished flooring. This particular timber offers high durability, adaptability, and versatility. The installation of American White Oak is incredibly simple and workable over bearers and joists, timber-based sheet flooring products and concrete slabs.
Oak floors are one of the easiest timber flooring types to maintain and care for. It is recommended to clean Oak flooring 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 boards and cause damage. It is not recommended to use wax, oil, soap, or any abrasive cleaners on Oak flooring to maintain optimum quality.
White Oak flooring is a beautiful addition to any home. This hard-wearing hardwood flooring option not only offers resistance but an unmatchable texture that will complete any home. White Oak flooring is available in a number of lengths, widths, thicknesses, and finishes making it suitable for most floors.
At Back To Timber, we offer a variety of light and white Oak 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!