- DENSE: It has a dense grain and distinctive knots. This tighter grain structure, especially when professionally finished, gives rise to its beautiful look.
- DURABLE: It’s a durable species and that makes it ideal for use in the construction of engineered (layered) timber products.
- TANNIN: French Oak is superior to oak grown elsewhere, such as in America, China or even in Eastern Europe because oak grown in France has a higher tannin content. That means it responds well to reactive staining technology. Instead of just painting the timber with a pigment, the tannin in the French Oak responds to the stain, thus creating colour from within the wood. It’s those reactions which produce the deep-down beauty that French Oak is renowned for.
- RESPONSIBLY MANAGED: No illegal or planet-damaging logging practices are involved in the farming or harvesting of these trees.
- STABLE: Because of the way it grows, French Oak is more stable raw material than some other timbers and is therefore well suited to Australia’s harsh climate.
- LOOKS: French oak flooring is available in many different colours, textures and styles that each highlight the timeless beauty of natural timber in a different way. With its tight grain and distinctive knots, this is a highly versatile timber.
We contribute towards the important goal of protecting the earth’s natural environment by only using timber that has PEFC certification.
Responsible companies around the world are committed to stamping out illegal logging practices because they inflict significant damage on the planet’s ecology.
When you order our French Oak, we will be supplying you with timber that comes from one of the PEFC-signatory countries, France. As such, “Chain of Custody” documentation is mandated to ensure responsible forestry management is happening, so that future generations can continue to enjoy the beauty and functionality of timber in their homes.
The French Oak we’ll be using for your job is sourced exclusively from timber mills that adhere strictly to sustainable forestry practices.
Read more on our Eco-friendly page.
MFS Flooring Group can look after the whole project from supply to installation and then to the final finish after all the other trades have finished. Our installation team will handle the sanding and give it the final on-site finish.
- INSTALLED EARLY & FAST: The floor can be laid down early in the building project. This has advantages for the other trades, and the fact it’s so easy (and fast) to install helps get the building completed sooner.
- COLOUR UNIFORMITY: With raw timber, the final application of colour and the final finishing will take place on-site. You won’t have the risk that some of your boards came from one batch and some from another. So you won’t have to worry about colour variations from one batch to another, which sometimes happens with pre-finished timber boards. There will be no mis-matching of the boards on your floor!
- EASILY REPAIRED: If the floor does happen to get marked or scratched during the building process, it can be sanded and repaired with relative ease during the finishing work when the final stain and finish is applied.
- UNLIMITED CHOICES: Choices about which stain the client wants, and which finish, are wide open.
- SUITABILITY: With raw timber, you can provide a floor that is tailored to a specific environment. For example, stringent moisture testing during production and prior to installation can produce a more stable application for a particular usage.
- STRONGER: Engineered flooring is more stable. Cupping, which is warping due to expansion and contraction of the timber due to changes in humidity levels in the timber, is less likely to happen because the layers of timber are bonded together. That bonding gives added strength which reduces the risk of cupping.
- WIDER: Engineered boards can be made wider, and wide floor planks are in demand today as an alternative to a solid floor. Several widths are available, up to 300mm wide. The details are on our Products/Specs page.
- ECO BENEFITS: The sustainability benefits are discussed in detail on the Eco-Friendly page.
The layers are glued using a non-toxic fixative. A real timber layer, in our case French Oak, is added on top of the lower layers of timber, which makes for a final product which is both attractive and economical.
One reason it’s more economical is that the under-layers of timber are less costly.
Engineered boards can be constructed in widths that exceed what’s available in standard solid tongue-and-groove boards. Some of these widths can safely reach 400mm or more, without the risk of structural cupping.
A solid floor is, well, a solid timber floor. It’s made of solid pieces of timber, cut to the needed dimensions.
A floating floor is any type of timber flooring that hasn’t been glued, nailed or otherwise attached to the subfloor. So the term “floating” refers to the way the floor is installed, not to any particular type of floor product. It just sits (or “floats”) on the substrate.
An engineered floor is not a floating floor. Our French Oak flooring is not a floating floor. However it can be laid over any subfloor and as such could be used as a floating floor.
Custom orders of non-standard dimensions will need to be imported, and we expect to deliver to your site in around 45 days.