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 timber flooring offers the look of solid flooring, with the advantage of being more stable and a fraction of the price! Engineered timber 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 hardwood flooring 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.
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 LED-cured 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 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 timber 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 FLOORS 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 DO YOU CLEAN ENGINEERED HARDWOOD FLOORS?
See our warranty and care guide.