What’s the difference?
French Oak is an imported hardwood from France. Colours range from cream to pale brown, with some slight tones of pink. Tight knots in the grain are a prominent decorative feature. Being slower growing with
Quercus Petraea and Quercus Robur are the two types of white oak grown in France. Of the two Quercus Petraea is considered the finer. The most important oak forests in France are Allier, Nevers and Tronçais (all in central France).
European Oak comes from any Oak tree, anywhere in Europe. The age and species of the Oak
American oak flooring typically has much larger grain and growth rings in its boards and a much lighter tone compared to French Oak Flooring. Due to the
Quercus Alba is the type of white oak most grown in the United States. It is grown mainly in the eastern states as well as California. American oak is denser than the European, but less tight grain.
Tasmanian oak (or Australian oak) is not an Oak at all and refers to the hardwood produced by three trees: Eucalyptus regnans, Eucalyptus
They say about buying a property that “Location” is key. For selecting your next floor you might consider “style” as your guide. With different types of flooring expanding in colour and texture range and pushing the quality boundary, you are no longer limited to the type of flooring in the same way as you might have been in the past.
For example, who would have thought laminate would be produced in a water proof surface format!
By Guy Thornycroft