Solid Strip Timber Flooring
American White Oak is a light timber in its raw form and is known for its pronounced grain patterns and excellent staining capabilities. This oak is popular worldwide and encompasses numerous American species. In appearance and colour, it is very similar to European Oak. American Oak is characterised by ‘v grain’ and the presence of growth rings.
American Oak is elegant and includes pale to honey and golden browns. Although stunning with natural clear finishes, American Oak is the perfect timber for staining. When staining American Oak, Provincial Floors can achieve unique colours with minimal blotching as this species has extremely open pores and absorbs stain readily.
American Oak is dense and durable and is also very resistant to insect and fungal infection due to its high level of tannic acid. Furthermore, it has high water resistance.
Janka Rating: 6.0
Hardness rating: The hardness rating of a timber species is measured by the Janka Test. This is a standard test which measures the penetration into the timber of a common load and projectile. The results relate to a hardness capacity of the material and are expressed in kN. This information is useful where the timber may be subject to potential damage from impacts e.g. a dance floor. There are 2 sets of published figures; one for 'Green' or freshly felled timber and one for seasoned timber - i.e. timber with a moisture content of 12%.
The ratings given here are:
Soft - less than 5.5
Moderate - 5.5 to 7.0
Hard - 7.1 to 10.0
Very Hard - greater than 10.0
Flooring is graded during manufacturing to Australian Standards resulting in Select, Standard, Feature and Prestige and Rustic grade. Grading is simply a sorting process based on a set of rules that permits specific features up to a certain size and number. This species may or may not carry all of these grades, contact our office for accurate gradings.
Select Grade is a subtle feature grade of timber flooring which provides a limited variation in natural characteristics. The features that are present are relatively small and few in number. Irrespective of the species although visible do not dominate the appearance of the floor. It has been carefully graded, floorboard by floorboard to ensure that it meets strict quality standards. It has a sleek uniform look that is well suited to modern, minimalist and traditional styles. This will have the least number of natural features such as pin holes and gum veins.
Fully featured to provide an old world charm. It may contain features that are more prominent than Feature Grade but with the structural integrity of a Feature Grade Floor.