Oak from Central Europe
Oak is regarded as one of the most important types of timber in German forests. The wood is extremely sought after and fetches high prices. German Oak growing under the proper conditions in protected forests may grow trunks of 12 to 15 metres with diameters of 0.4 to more than 1 metre.
The narrow, off-white sapwood of just a few centimetres wide is typical of oak timber. The sapwood is clearly differentiated from the heartwood. Depending on the type and origin of the Oak, the heartwood may with time darken to a light to darker brown colour.
All the properties required of wood for processing into high quality parquet are found in Oak timber: hardness, optimal swelling and shrinking properties and good thermal conductivity. This renders Oak excellent for the production of parquet flooring. Oak is also very versatile and spectacular effects may be achieved with different surface treatments: Oak parquet is available smooth, machine textured or hand planed. The timber may, based on natural or smoked Oak, be used in its natural colour or be stained.
Please have a look at our Catalogue. There you find our actual and very wide product range of Oak parquet in different dimensions and finishes and colors and treatments.
Oak floorboards in 4 grades
We can offer you this valuable type of wood in 4 different grades: Premium, Standard, Rustico and Economy. The typical Oak textures lending our parquet an exquisite charm will be a feature of all the grades of parquet floorboards.
The parquet floorboards will be largely without knots, although tiny knots may occur in spots (so called pin-knots), lending the floor its individual character. The characteristic Oak sheen (so called medullary rays) is also permissible, but the colour variation is quite consistent. Sapwood will not be used for premium grade floorboards.
Some small to medium sized knots, both solidly grown and repaired with filler, may be found in the Standard grade. Medullary rays so typical of Oak, are also possible. The floorboards have a natural colour and will be largely without sapwood.
“Economy” grade floorboards have small to large knots, including both solidly grown and repaired knots. Cracks, also repaired with filler, are possible. Medullary rays will exist and will be clearly visible. Long sides may have a small percentage of sapwood. These floorboards may be distinguished by their play of colours and the typical texture for this type of wood.
“Rustico” grade floorboards will exhibit small and large knots, sometimes repaired with black filler. The wood may exhibit small to large cracks, also with black filler. Cracks are also possible in the heartwood as well as protruding wind shakes. The medullary ray is very evident. Long sides may have a small percentage of sapwood. “Rustico” grade floorboards have very lively colour variations and an enticingly natural rustic charm.