AUSTRALIAN OAK

Engineered timber flooring

Nothing makes more of an impact to design quite like a stunning hardwood floor can. Our engineered oak flooring offers serious practical and aesthetic advantages.

AN ATTRACTIVE, WORLD CLASS ENGINEERED FLOORING WITH AN AUSTRALIAN TWIST

Australian Oak engineered hardwood flooring is the combination of a beautiful hardwood floor, a hard wearing coating and a super stable substrate – manufactured to the quality you’d expect from Australia’s largest hardwood mill. The resulting product is a floor of stunning architectural appearance that increases stability and offers speedy installation. This all comes at a financial saving in time and material cost. Australian Oak is our answer to the oak floorings of the world with a uniquely Australian twist. Australian Oak Flooring has an unmatched aesthetic charm that will add character and warmth with every board.

An Australian Hardwood Floor

Australian Oak engineered 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.

Balanced Construction

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 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. 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 benefits with engineered 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 between each board.

Other Benefits

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 becomes incredibly stable. Quarter sawn timber is still advised for joinery timbers and is available in our GOODWOOD Victorian ash range.

8 coats of hard wearing UV oil are applied to the wear layer to increase longevity and reduce the risk of scratching.

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 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 manufacturer a high quality product at minimal cost because we use our own logs. Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH) have the largest volume of regrowth hardwood logs in Australia. 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, knots and worm holes to say the least.

Select grade

Feature grade

Continue the flow of design

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.

Warranty

A 25 year structural warranty and a 15 year wear warranty are provided with Australian Oak Engineered Flooring. View the warranty in more detail here.

Sizes

190mm x 15mm and 160mm x 15mm

FAQs

WHAT IS AUSTRALIAN OAK?

Australian Oak is our brand of flooring. This name was chosen for two reasons. 1. Because the wear layer on top is similar in appearance to the oak floorings from around the world – only it’s created with our uniquely Australian hardwood. 2. The hardwood species used is referred to as ‘oak’ by our international customers – despite the fact that it is actually a Eucalypt.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AUSTRALIAN OAK AND EURPOEAN OAK?

Our Eucalypt species has less knots than European Oak but a little more character in the form of natural gum vein. We separate these characteristics into different grades which create a uniquely Australian Oak floor.

WHAT IS ENGINEERED FLOORING?

Engineered flooring offers the look of solid flooring, with the advantage of being more stable and a fraction of the price! Engineered flooring is real timber – made with durable, high quality plywood and a strong hardwood veneer on the surface. Why Australian Oak differs from other engineered floorings is that it has a balanced construction from a hardwood ply. Engineered timber flooring allows you to get the beauty of a hardwood floor but at a high quality and affordable price.

CHARACTERISTICS

We’ve matched the desired back sawn (swirly) grain of European Oak for appeal but added an Australian signature. The result is a floor of unmatched aesthetic charm.

  • A very hard wearing, factory finished UV oil
  • Brush finished texture
  • Competitively priced
  • PEFC certified
  • Balanced, hardwood construction
  • Ability to sand and re-polish if required in the future
  • The ability to match this flooring with our stair, window and joinery products

INSTALLATION

Installation methods can be seen in this download. For the Australian Oak Engineered Flooring Slip Test, click here.

WHERE CAN I BUY AUSTRALIAN OAK?

Contact the friendly sales team at ASH in the contact us page to find out more.

DOES AUSTRALIAN OAK REQUIRE SANDING?

No. Australian Oak Flooring is supplied pre-finished. See installation methods for more.

DOES AUSTRALIAN OAK FLOORING NEED TO ACCLIMATISE?

No. This is a task required for solid timber floors that are expected to reside in conditions different to that on the time of installation. Engineered flooring is designed to reduce risk of movement and negates the need to acclimatise.

ARE ENGINEERED HARDWOOD FLOORS AS GOOD AS HARDWOOD FLOORS?

A high quality engineered floor is great! The advantages are mostly to do with stability, width, performance and price. A high quality engineered floor is stable and can be sanded and polished multiple times – just like a solid timber floor. This is not the case for many low quality engineered floors whose purpose is to achieve a low price. For solid timber floors see our GOODWOOD range.

ARE ENGINEERED HARDWOOD FLOORS GOOD FOR DOGS?

This question relates to both solid floors and engineered floors and it is the coating that is most important. In both cases, a hard wearing coating is your best chance for longevity but it depends on how active your dog is too. The ability to sand and re-polish at a later date should also be a priority. Warranty against ‘excessive wear’ would likely be void in this application.

CAN ENGINEERED FLOORS BE SANDED AND REFINISHED?

Ours can. As a general rule, if you choose a floor with a wear layer thicker than 1.0mm, a trained sander and polisher can sand and re-coat. Cheaper floors with either printed wood grain or timber veneers of 0.6mm and less can not. Coating type can also influence the amount taken off during sanding. Some polishes can require only 0.3mm to be sanded off the surface.

DO ENGINEERED HARDWOOD FLOORINGS SCRATCH EASILY?

Again, this comes down to coating durability and care. Obviously a solid timber floor and an engineered floor can both scratch. This is something to be wary of. Solid floors are typically more expensive once you factor in installation and coating prices but they do have the advantage of being sanded after installation. This allows any scratch to be sanded away and polished. You must take care when installing pre-finished boards to reduce the risk of scratching and negating the advantage of a more affordable, factory finish.

HOW TO CLEAN ENGINEERED FLOORS?

See our warranty and care guide.