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Why Our Australian Oak Flooring Is Unique

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Megan Parameshwaran June 2nd, 2020

Widely used in applications such as mouldings, stairs, flooring, panelling, joinery and more, our Australian Oak engineered flooring is ideal for a variety of projects. But what makes our Australian Oak hardwood flooring so special, and what benefits can it provide you on your next project?

What Is Australian Oak Engineered Flooring?

Australian Oak engineered hardwood flooring is made from a combination of regrowth and plantation hardwoods. The wear layer on top is our trusted, regrowth hardwood species which is PEFC Chain of Custody (CoC) certified and grown in Australia. The plywood below is a cost-effective plantation-grown Eucalypt.

How Our Australian Oak Flooring Is Constructed

The hardwood ply substrate is a mix of plantation hardwood species that are glued to the wear layer using a method known as ‘balanced construction’. Using a hardwood ply (instead of an MDF or pine ‘block’ make up) not only increases the floors density and reduces the risk of indentation, but it also ensures that no one layer (veneer) is the dominant piece – controlling the stability of the floor.

By gluing these veneers together in a cross-laminated orientation, the boards work together to minimise any risk of expansion and contraction. This is an advantage over traditional hardwood floors which can move when subject to variations in humidity or temperature. The main benefits of engineered timber flooring are that a less experienced tradesperson is capable of laying a floor with minimal risk of movement after installation.

It also opens the possibility of laying in front of large windows or over the top of in-slab heating (see warranty for details). This added stability also allows wider, more attractive boards to be used with less risk of gapping occurring between each board.

The Benefits Of Our Australian Oak Flooring

Crown Cut Grain

Back sawn (or crown cut) grain is another benefit offered by the construction method. Crown cut grain is often more desirable in flooring applications due to the unique patterns created in the swirly grain. These are often highlighted in the staining process or brush finishing. The orientation of crown cut grain, however, is not as stable as quarter sawn timber, but by gluing down to a balanced ply, the desirable appearance is not only possible but also becomes incredibly stable. Quarter sawn timber is still advised for matching joinery timbers and is available in our GOODWOOD Victorian ash range.

Durability

LED cured hardwax oils are applied to the wear layer to increase longevity, reduce the risk of scratching and create uniquely attractive colour choices – see below for colour options.

Easy To Restain

The hardwood wear layer on top is thick enough to sand and re-polish multiple times throughout life if required. This is particularly beneficial as trends change over the decades and is much more desirable than replacing timber boards (which is likely in a cheaper floor that does not have the ability to sand and re-polish). Australian Oak engineered flooring is naturally blonde in colour which allows re-staining from light through to dark colours – should you desire in the future.

Very Affordable

We are able to manufacture a high-quality product at minimal cost because we use our own timber. We aren’t ‘double-dipping’ by purchasing hardwood logs from external businesses to produce this floor. This helps us keep our floor competitively priced even when combined with quality substrates and glues.

Appearance Grades

We understand the Australian market and the desire for different aesthetic requirements. That’s why we created two appearance grades. Select grade has a sleek finish and showcases only the character within the wood grain and minimal natural timber effects such as gum vein and knots. Feature grade has the works: gum vein, filled cracks and end splits, knots and worm holes – to say the least.

Easy To Match

Our hardwood range of timbers are some of the most trusted and valued in the Australian market. Match Australian Oak flooring with any number of our stair, window, door, joinery, decking, cladding and furniture products to create a continuous flow of design from inside to out. Explore our GoodWood Victorian ash range for more information.

Warranty & Installation Guide

A 25 year structural warranty and a 15 year wear warranty are provided with Australian Oak Engineered Flooring. View our warranty and installation guide for more information.