American Oak Flooring Sydney
American White Oak is the trade name for a variety of hardwood species from the Quercus genus. Common throughout the eastern United States, the name ‘White Oak’ encompasses numerous species, eight of which are commercially available as timber flooring.
Very similar in appearance and colour to European Oak, American White Oak has light-coloured sapwood and a light to dark brown heartwood. White Oak is mostly straight grained with a medium to coarse texture, with longer rays and more figure than American Red Oak. It has large distinctive growth rings and some medullary rays may be present.
In the US, American White Oak is used for a wide variety of purposes, including structural, exterior and interior applications and in the making of vats for spirits and wine. Due to its interesting and prominent grain pattern and consistency of colour throughout the range of subspecies marketed as American White Oak, it is a popular species for flooring. In Australia it is mostly used for flooring, joinery and furniture.