European Oak – premium construction material
A traditional carving wood and often called the king of English trees, oak is a hardwood. It is extremely strong, dense, durable and resistant to fungal attacks, which makes it less prone to decay and rotting. Oak is considered one of the finest and sturdiest materials to work with in woodworking. Its flexibility makes it as desirable for artistic pieces as well as complex architectural projects. European Oak properties centre around its strength, durability and defined grain. Its dense constitution and long-living nature make it resistant to fungal attacks, making it an ideal material for collections meant to last.
An extremely popular hardwood for both construction and carving. Oak can be stained, polished, waxed, and glued well. It takes nails and screws well, except near edges, when the wood should be pre-bored, and takes liming and fuming treatments well. Oak is popular with all types of woodworkers because of its strength and aesthetic beauty. For thousands of years, it has been used for furniture making, cabinetry, home decoration and structural or architectural joinery. In the modern day, the length and hardness of oak timber make it ideal for hardwood floors and exterior cladding. Because it is highly resistant to shrinkage, it is also prized in window frames, door-fitting and liquor-ageing in barrels.
Our prime grade European Oak timber is sustainably sourced from the best sawmills in Europe and Ukraine and planed to order at our factory. The timber is kiln-dried to an average moisture content of 9-11% and stored in our humidity-controlled premises. Our planed timber is accurately machined by our skilled craftsmen and has a fine surface finish.
European Oak Smooth (PAR / PSE) profile is a highly durable, modern looking cladding. This profile gives an extremely modern look with bold straight lines and and is therefore quite frequently specified by architects on new builds. A gap is left between each board to allow air circulation around each piece. We supply European Oak PAR boards kiln-dried and in light character (few knots) in various lengths between 2 and 3 meters.
Other European Oak Profiles
|Profile cutting angle:
|750 – 850kg/m³ when moisture content is 9-11%
|Proven life expectancy of 40+ years (untreated)
|A or B
|Dried up to approx 9-11% (+/- 2%)
|Timber produces good results with hand and machine tools. Can react with iron (particularly when wet) and cause staining and discoloration. Responds well to steam-bending. Oak timber glues, stains, and finishes well. It can split when nailed unless predrilled.
|External and internal cladding and decking, industrial productions like joineries, window and door manufactures
|Fencing, joinery, flooring, indoor interiors, ships, timber bridges, furniture, barrels, truck and trailer beds, containers, pallets, boxes
|20 x 45 / 55 / 70 / 95 / 120 / 145 mm
|From 2 to 3 m
|Light yellow / grey or sometimes nearly white
|Rot & insect attack:
|Extremely rot and insect resistance
|Low (A 145mm board can vary 1mm over the year)
|Stainless steel fixings are always recommended
|How to fix:
|Face fixation with stainless steel ring thigh nails. Pre-drilling is not needed when using our PFS+ stainless steel screws.
Extremely durable. Although Oak is a medium density hardwood (approximately 780 kg/m3), its strength and durability surpasses many other timber species – including some tropical hardwoods. A fairly hard, heavy and dense hardwood, with high crushing and bending strength, low stiffness and resistance to shock loads. Preboring is advised for nailing and screwing, and a reduced planing angle is advised for irregular or cross-grained stock. Oak timber turns satisfactorily, is good for gluing, painting, sanding, staining and varnishing and will take high polish. European oak can be darkened by fuming with ammonia. Due to tannins present in the timber, oak wood will react with ferrous metals when wet. Select non-ferrous (brass or stainless steel) fixings where possible.
The natural durability of European Oak means that no treatment of the wood is required and any coatings applied are for aesthetic purposes only. Life span for this product of around 40 years (untreated) – 50+ years with right treatment.
Note from HLH: Oak is one of the very best woods for outside use. It is very resistant to most things and certainly not particularly suceptible to fungus although ineveitably as with any wood outside, it will support populations of all sorts of growing things (like lichens) – which however tend to leave the oak undamaged.
One of the benefits of this product is it’s stability, the thermal modification process reduces the moisture content in the board ensuring less movement.
Oak wood is medium to high density, and can stay moisture free. This wood is very strong but it can still be bent. It is best used for tool grips, furniture, floor surfaces, tables, boat structures, decking, cladding or fencing.
Our European Oak cladding, battens, boards and other products are available in various lengths, from 2m up to 3m. The standard board dimension is approx. 95mm, as this is traditionally the most commonly produced width. However, we also offer a range of other widths: 45mm, 55mm, 70mm, 95mm, 120mm and 145mm. The narrower board widths offer a number of advantages, including a wider choice of design options and improved dimensional stability. As an added benefit, narrower board widths are generally rated well beyond their specification.
European Oak boards and battens are supplied in linear metres based on random stock lengths at the time of order picking. Other sizes may be available on request.
Oak timber quick tips
Sort your lengths. Make sure you’ve set them all up. We recommend ordering 10% more to cover waste material.
European Oak is hard and dense wood. Use professional equipment for best results.
We recommend using only high quality stainless steel screws to avoid corrosion and stains on the wood.
OSMO wood protection offers effective multiple protection against UV rays and harsh environmental conditions.