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/ St Kilda Cottage by Jost Architects

Completely customisable engineered flooring with an Australian twist

  • / CUSTOMISE IN 5 EASY STEPS
  • / CROWN CUT VICTORIAN ASH WEAR LAYER
  • / LED-CURED HARDWAX COATING
  • / BALANCED CONSTRUCTION

Trends change, quality doesn’t. Meet the attractive, world class engineered timber flooring.

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 vertically integrated hardwood manufacturer. 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.

Benefits of Australian Oak Timber

Balanced Construction
Crown Cut
Cross-laminated Orientation
PEFC Controlled
Customisable
Easy to lay
Can sand and re-polish
Pre-finished
LED Cured Hardwax Oil

Australian Oak Characteristics

Colour Pale pink to straw
Grain Straight open and even grained with a uniform texture
Moisture Content Medium density 660 KG/m3 at 12% moisture content. Seasoned to comply with the Australian Standard AS2796 (9% – 14%) with the average moisture content ranging between 10% and 12%.
Impact Resistance High – 18 joules
Janka 4.9 kN (seasoned)
Unit Shrinkage (KD) Measurable movement in service – LowRadial: 0.22% of board dimension per 1% moisture content change.Tangential: 0.35% of board dimension per 1% moisture content change
Stability High (quarter sawn)
Cutting Very Good
Bending Satisfactory
Glueing Very Good
Lyctus Susceptible No
Nail holding Very Good
Durability Above ground – Class 3
Below ground – Class 4
(Refer to IronAsh for clear H3 treatment)
Fire Refer Australian Standard AS1530 Part 3 and Building Code of Australia
Ignitability index: 14
Spread of flame index: 8
Heat Evolved index: 7
Smoke development index: 3
Flooring AS/ISO 9239.1
Critical Radiant Heat Flux: More than 2.2kW/m2 and less than 4.5kW/m2
Smoke development Rate: Less than 750% -min
Wall and Ceiling lining AS/NZS3837: 1998
Average extinction area: less than 250m2/kgMaterial Group No: 3 (unless coated to meet Group 1 & 2)
Bushfire Attack level: BAL 19 High (BAL-29 and BAL-40 in proprietary systems)
Colour Pale pink to brown straw
Grain Straight, open and even. Occasionally course grained or fiddle backed. Growth rings are visual and usually conspicuous
Moisture Content Medium density 680 KG/m3 at 12% moisture content. Seasoned to comply with the Australian Standard AS2796 (9% – 14%) with the average moisture content ranging between 10% and 12%.
Impact Resistance High – 18-20 Joules
Janka 5.7 kN (seasoned)
Unit Shrinkage (KD) Measurable movement in service – Low
Radial: 0.23% of board dimension per 1% moisture content change.
Tangential: 0.36% of board dimension per 1% moisture content change
Stability High (quarter sawn)
Cutting Very Good
Bending Satisfactory
Glueing Very Good
Lyctus Susceptible No
Nail holding Very Good
Durability Above ground – Class 3
Below ground – Class 4
(Refer to IronAsh for clear H3 treatment)
Fire Refer Australian Standard AS1530 Part 3 and Building Code of Australia
Ignitability index: 14
Spread of flame index: 8
Heat Evolved index: 7
Smoke development index: 3
Flooring AS/ISO 9239.1
Critical Radiant Heat Flux: More than 2.2kW/m2 and less than 4.5kW/m2
Smoke development Rate: Less than 750% -min
Wall and Ceiling lining AS/NZS3837: 1998
Average extinction area: less than 250m2/kgMaterial Group No: 3 (unless coated to meet Group 1 & 2)
Bushfire Attack level: BAL 19 High (BAL-29 and BAL-40 in proprietary systems)

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The figures for CO2 captured and growth rate used in this calculator were sourced from Wood Solutions, VicForests and AHEC.

Jost Architects

We chose Australian Oak engineered flooring because it is manufactured by a local and sustainable business. ASH produces a cost effective flooring that looks good aesthetically and uses a durable species.

Sustainability

Made from a combination of regrowth and plantation hardwoods, Australian Oak engineered flooring is the ultimate sustainable option.

Engineered flooring not only offers the benefits of a stable, durable and affordable floor, it also ticks all the boxes in terms of sustainability. Australian Oak’s wear layer on top is our trusted, regrowth hardwood species and is PEFC CoC certified and grown in Australia.

The flexibility and thickness of the lamella means you can sand and re-polish multiple times in its lifetime, making it easy to change with trends instead of purchasing a new floor.

Frequently asked
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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 European 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.

How do I maintain Australian Oak engineered flooring?

Firstly, we recommend you read the Vestings oil maintenance instructions and the Installation and Maintenance guide.

Once read through, here are some additional tips that will assist with the recommendations outlined in the document above:

1. Loose dirt and dust should first be removed by the use of an electrostatic mop, or by vacuuming (after first ensuring the head of the vacuum won’t scratch your floor). A swivel-type-cleaning pad is preferred (e.g. Sabco Super Swish); normally these products are supplied with one dry electrostatic pad and one wet microfiber pad that are interchangeable; these types of cleaning products are available from most well-known hardware and building supplies chain stores. Normal mops are generally looped fibres which can catch on the grain of timber and can cause catching which may results in splintering or tearing of any damaged grain. If boards show signs of this then they need be repaired with a timber putty or epoxy that can be coloured to match the floor or for small splits or cracks a wax stick (all products available at your local Hardware store). Then dab the fill or repair with the Wax oil on a rag and leave to dry. Directions are on the tin and in the maintenance kit.

2. After dirt/dust removal, use a spray bottle (either, mop-mounted or hand-held) containing a mixture of the Vesting Wax & Clean concentrate and water (mixed as noted on label) to mist, or lightly “spritz” the floor. This cleaner is specifically designed for LED-cured hardwax oil finishes; in addition to cleaning the floor, it adds a small amount of wax to further optimise coating life. The Vesting Wax & Clean concentrate is provided in your maintenance kits and can be purchased separately from Oslek in 1-litre or 2.5-litre containers. Clean a section of the floor at a time, working along the boards in the grain direction to remove any marks and collect any missed grit. Best cleaning results are achieved by frequent rinsing of the microfiber pad in water to continually remove any lifted dirt and grit. It is most important not to over-wet the timber floors, nor to allow moisture to remain on a timber floor for any period. After floor cleaning is completed, the damp mop should either be thoroughly rinsed with clean water, or better still, washed in a washing machine ready for the next use.

3. Depending on how your floor is used, in the first year we recommend applying a layer of Maintenance Oil (supplied in your Maintenance Kit) to your floor 2 to 4 times a year. This nourishes the floor and maintains the top layer. Before applying the Maintenance Oil, clean the floor with the Intensive Cleaner first. Ensure you read the instructions on the label before applying Maintenance Oil! When cleaning and maintaining your floor, shallow and deep scratches will become visible. The best way to remove some persistent spots is to use a slightly damp cloth with Intensive Cleaner. Do not scrub too forcefully, however, because this will leave a rough spot. Use Maintenance Oil to patch up the rough spot, if necessary.

It is advisable to immediately patch up a rough spot using Maintenance Oil. Apply this oil with a lint-free cloth and then allow it to dry for at least 6 hours.

Superficial scratches can be patched up by lightly polishing the scratch with a Scotch-Brite cleaning cloth and then applying Maintenance Oil. If the spot still looks rough after the application of the first layer of Maintenance Oil, apply a second layer. It is important to clean the spot where the scratch is located with Intensive Cleaner before polishing it. Naturally, you can always consult your floor specialist for additional advice.

In the event of deep scratches, contact your floor specialist to find out what to do. The knowledge of a specialist is required to patch up these scratches because they may have penetrated the top layer and possibly the colour layer.

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.

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 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

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

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.

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