European Oak vs American Oak

European Oak vs American Oak

Oak flooring is highly sought-after as one of the most dependable wooden flooring options available on the market, so why not know a little more about the wooden flooring beneath your feet!

Not all Oaks are the same. To the untrained eye European and American Oak may appear very similar but both of these species have distinct characteristics that set them apart from each other, such as natural colour, tone variation, plank length, and distinctive grain patterns.

Species and origin:
European Oak (Quercus Robur) is native to Europe. It is a temperate wood that grows taller than the average American oak species and is often used for specialty longer length planks. American Oak (Quercus Alba) is predominantly found in the eastern parts of North America and tend to grow shorter and thicker. Both species are know as 'White' Oaks and are durable and strong, with a longstanding reputation of longevity.

European Oak is darker with a naturally rich golden honey hue, while American Oak is lighter and more yellow in colour with the occasional pinkish hue.

Colour variation:
European Oak has a more even colour tone from board to board than American Oak which can show greater contrasts between lighter and darker shades especially in the grain pattern.

Grain pattern:
European Oak tends to have a more wavy and interesting grain pattern, while American Oak tends to have a large and predominantly straight grain pattern.

European Oak has a higher tannin content and less sapwood which enables it to absorb stains much more more consistently than American Oak. As well as this it reacts very well when subjected to reactive stains, fuming and aging processes.

At Forte all the vast majority of our timber flooring is made using European or French Oak due to its beautiful colour, exquisite grain pattern and the versatility of finishing processes it allows.

Date Added: Saturday, 18th November 2017