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Oak wood is 700-750 kg/m3 wood that is very good for wooden oak floors. Our engineered oak wood flooring is the most popular oak wood flooring we produce. It has very appealing grain markings, especially when in combination with the specrum of eyes. An engineered oak wood floor is the perfect alternative to solid oak wood flooring regading it’s stability and price smart investment.
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There are many factors that contribute to a significant variation in the appearance of oak wood floors in engineered oak wood flooring or in solid oak flooring. These include:
- Differences within a tree
- Age of the tree
- Rate of growth
- Soil and climate of the region
- Genetic differences between various oak species.
Oak wood floors has great strength and hardness. It is very resistant to insect and fungal attack, because of its high tannin content. European Oak has a density of about 0.5 g/cm3 to 0.75 g/cm3. American Oak has a density of about 0.6g/cm3 to 0.85g/cm3. European Oak tends to have a distinctive, wavy grain pattern with scatterings of pip and burr. American Oak tends to have a straighter, subtle grain pattern. Our engineered oak wood flooring is made from French, American, and Asian oak wood.
The grain of oak wood also reflects the growing conditions of the oak tree. A slower growth will result in tighter grain. There are several other conditions such as soil, climate, age of the tree, rate of growth, and location of tree in the forest that affect the grain. Even in the same tree, oak flooring made from the bottom or top portion of the oak tree show differences in grain. Therefor we cannot guarantee a certain grain for our engineered oak wood flooring.
Have a look at our hardwood lumber grading for wooden floors to find out more about wood grading.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT OAK WOOD
Oak planking was common on high status Viking long ships in the 9th and 10th centuries.
Today oak wood is commonly used for furniture making and wooden floors such as engineered oak wood flooring. Barrels in which wines, sherry, and spirits such as brandy, Scotch whiskey and Bourbon whiskey are aged are made from European and American oak. American oak contains higher amounts of odorous compounds such as vanillin and oak lac tones than the European oak. European oak contains more total extract ables, and particularly twice the amount of extractable phenols than American Oak. A wine stored in American oak is likely to have a more pronounced “oak” aroma. A wine stored in European oak is likely to have a tannin character.
Oak wood chips are used for smoking fish, meat, cheeses, and other foods.
Japanese oak is used in the making of professional drums from manufacturer Yamaha Drums. The higher density of oak gives the drum a brighter and louder tone compared to traditional drum materials such as maple and birch.
Oak is a common symbol of strength and endurance. It has been chosen as the national tree of many countries. It stands for the nation of Germany and oak branches are thus displayed on some German coins of the Euro currency. Oak leaves are used to symbolize military ranks by many nations, such as Germany and the United States. The oak tree is also the symbol of the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom.
Several singular oak trees, such as the Royal Oak in Britain and the Charter Oak in the United States, are of great historical or cultural importance.