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What Is Engineered Oak Timber Flooring?

Engineered oak flooring consists of a veneer of real oak timber attached to a plywood or composite core board. The gorgeous timber is sourced from the finest plantations in Europe, France and America where only the highest grade timber with minimal defects and blemishes are hand-picked.

The surface layer of real oak wood flooring is coated with multiple layers of water-sealing lacquer for added moisture resistance. This is then fused to the coreboard base which forms a dimensionally stable floor solution, built with beauty to last decades.

  • European oak wood flooring is renowned for its unparalleled beauty and elegance, coming in a large palette of colours to suit your interior design.
  • Engineered plywood core allows greater dimensional stability i.e. more resistant to swelling from moisture.
  • Can be installed in apartments and unit blocks because strata policies do not allow noisy installations.
  • They are cheaper than solid timber to purchase and install.

Oak is a type of timber that’s slow growing and durable. European Oak and American Oak are often favoured over local Australian Oak timbers because they exhibit a unique grain pattern and variability. Oak flooring primarily comes primarily as an engineered floor with 2 – 6mm of oak timber on top of a plywood base. Engineered oak flooring is relatively durable and scratch resistant, but cannot match the durability of laminate and hybrid flooring.

Advantages of European Oak Engineered Flooring:

  • Variety – European Oaks offer a much larger selection of colours and designs than native Australian timber engineered flooring.
  • Classy – European Oak flooring styles are considered more elegant and are sometimes favoured over the ‘rustic’ Australian timbers.

Disadvantages of European Oak Engineered Flooring:

  • Less Durable – Most European Oak species are slightly less hardwearing than native Australian and local overseas hardwoods.
  • Not Waterproof HydroPro Timber is an innovative engineered floor with a fully waterproof core and surface, however it only comes in the Australian hardwood range.

If you want to learn more about engineered floors, our Guide to Engineered Flooring can help you out!

Engineered flooring is a premium flooring option that combines real timber with human ingenuity. However, it is more affordable than solid timber flooring as engineered floors are made of a veneer of timber fused to a (usually) plywood core. The general prices of engineered timber in Australia (2021) are listed below for your reference.

Supply Engineered Oak Flooring: $65 – $100 per square metre

Installation costs will vary depending on the method. Floating floor installations are the most common since they are cheaper and quicker, however sometimes it may be necessary to direct-stick the floorboards with nails and glue.

Installation of Engineered Oak:

  • Floating Installation: $30 – $40 per square metre
  • Direct-Stick Installation: $40 – $50 per square metre

The cost of engineered flooring usually depends on the thickness of the veneer and quality of the timber species. At FloorVenue, we are 100% able to beat any quote on the same quality engineered flooring – see why here.

Floating floors are flooring that can be installed on top of a subfloor without nails or glue. This makes floating timber floors suitable for apartments and units and reduces the time and cost of installation.

Engineered timber flooring is a type of floating floor and a way of getting real timber flooring into your apartment.

Advantages of Floating Floors:

  1. Floating floors are quicker to install than direct-stick counterparts.
  2. Floating floors are cheaper to install than direct-stick counterparts.
  3. Floating floor installations are more suited for apartments as it does not require loud banging of nails into the floor.
  4. Floating floors are much easier to repair than direct-stick counterparts.

We have an entire Guide to Floating Floors here to help you decide whether or not it’s for you.

The scratch resistance of engineered timber flooring depends on two factors; the timber surface layer and the coatings or finish of the floor. European oak timbers tend to be naturally softer than hardwoods which makes them less durable. However, proper maintenance and care will keep your floors beautiful.

Pro Tips to Maintaining & Caring for Oak Timber Flooring:

  1. Furniture Leg Padding – Placing felt padding on the legs of furniture is the easiest way to minimise scratches. This is a very low cost and low effort solution which you’ll thank yourself for – or regret not doing in the future!
  2. Entrance Door Mats – Yet another simple solution to keeping out dirt and water. This is especially important for keeping your floors gorgeous.
  3. Trim Pet Nails – Cats and dogs love scratching things, and the easiest way to avoid this problem altogether is by clipping your pets’ nails.

Finally, you can sand and polish thicker engineered oak floors from 4mm veneers or greater at least once. This refreshes the authentic beauty by ridding the floors of scuff and wear accumulated over the years!

If you want to learn more about engineered oak flooring, our Ultimate Guide to Engineered Timber Flooring can help you out.

As engineered oak timber floors have a layer of real timber on the surface, they can certainly be sanded and polished back. However, they can be sanded less times (0 – 3 times) as compared to solid timber flooring (5 – 7 times) because the top timber layer is thinner.

General rule of thumb for sanding and polishing:

  • 0mm – 2mm timber veneer: Do not resand, or you’ll risk seeing the plywood base.
  • 2mm – 3mm timber veneer: Only resand and polish once.
  • 3mm – 4mm timber veneer: Only resand and polish twice.
  • 5mm – 6mm timber veneer: Only resand and polish thrice.

European oak wood is softer than Australian and overseas hardwood flooring and hence reduces the number of times it can be resanded.

We Supply And Install Oak Timber Flooring In Sydney & NSW

FloorVenue has specialised in supplying and installing oak timber flooring for almost 20 years. We guarantee quality standards with a full-time and fully licensed installation team.

Our engineered oak products come in hundreds of different colours and styles. Whether it’s a select grade and seamless American oak or rustic darker brown, we’ll definitely have something for you.

FloorVenue’s newest range of HydroPro Oak timbers will come with a waterproof composite core instead of traditional plywood. This makes them virtually impervious to moisture ingress or swelling.

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Heartridge Riviera Oak

The Heartridge Riviera Oak engineered timber flooring offers the same premium aesthetic and rugged character found in real timber oak, but without the drawbacks. Featuring a real wood veneer, each plank combines style and stability to provide a beautiful timber look. A three layered core also mitigates the risk of warping or cracking.

Heartridge Rustic Oak

The unique and warming character of our Heartridge Rustic Oak flooring is emphasized by the detailed hand-scraped finish with its peaks and valleys. With proper maintenance and care, your new Heartridge floor will serve you for years to come. The quality of our product is reflected in our guarantee- a 20 Year Residential Surface finish warranty that ensures your floor’s strength and beauty are long-lasting.

Heartridge Woodland Oak

Heartridge Woodland Oak Engineered timber is a luxurious hardwood with a smooth, brushed finish and seamless micro bevelled edges. The planks feature UV-resistant wood treatment that protects them against the fading that could happen over time. They are the premium-looking, practical alternative to real hardwood floors which brings a sense of refined elegance to your home.

Heartridge Vintage Oak

The Heartridge Vintage Oak flooring range is designed with a signature distressed surface finish, horizontal saw marks, and deep grain recesses. It offers improved practicality while retaining the premium look and rugged character of real hardwood floors.

Clever Oak Elegance Collection (T&G)

The Clever Oak Elegance Range offers a broad range of European Engineered Oak at affordable prices for Australian households. You can choose from a stunning collection of six Oak timbers to pick the perfect fit for your home. A high-density core and top layer of solid oak also makes the Clever Oak Elegance plank less susceptible to environmental changes.

Clever Oak Authentic Collection (CLICK)

The Clever Oak Authentic Collection is a classic option and is also among our most popular products. They are durable and easy to install with our innovative and patented Clever Click system. Furthermore, these planks come in three colours which are authentic and timeless.

Clever Oak Luxury Collection (T&G)

Clever Choice’s Luxury Collection is a fine range of eloquently designed planks with six elegant colours, adding a touch of sophistication and class to any home. These boards are also 2200 mm in length by 220 mm wide to complement any space. These floors are the perfect choice for modern residential living.

Swish French Oak Wideboard

With the Swish Oak Wideboard, we are happy to bring you one of the most beautiful wood species in the world within an intricately crafted plank. French oak hardwood has high levels of tannin, which means it will age beautifully. This gives our Swish Oak Wideboard a classic time-worn look and makes it perfect for your home.

Swish French Oak Natura

You deserve a beautiful floor in your home. The Swish French Oak Natura is intricately crafted using one of the most luxurious hardwood species in the world. French Oak comes with high levels of tannin– and that means it will age beautifully, gaining character as it does so. This makes our Swish French Oak Natura perfect for your home because it offers you a classic time-worn look that will only make your floor more beautiful with time.

Swish French Oak Herringbone T&G

The Swish French Oak Herringbone was intricately crafted using high quality, luxurious French hardwood. One of the benefits of French Oak is that it has high levels of tannin, meaning it will age beautifully and gain character as it does so. This oak is perfect for your home because it offers you time-worn beauty and a beautiful colour palette that will only get better with time.

Swish French Oak Contemporary

Not only is the Swish Oak Contemporary range versatile and elegant, but it can last as long as your house! So whether you want to brighten up your living room or spruce up your bedroom, our high-quality flooring provides a durable and timeless addition to any home. Inspired by French fashion and long-standing flooring traditions, this collection is made of authentic French oak and plywood for unbeatable strength and stability.

Prestige Oak 15/4 MM Click T&G

The Prestige Oak flooring range offers quality engineered oak timber which come in a vast array of colours and styles to suit any interior décor. The stunning extra wide planks and an expansive palette of pre-finished and stained designs are sure to heighten the beauty of any home.

As a floating floor, prestige oak flooring can be installed without any glue or nails. This makes it a great way of getting real timber into your apartment or unit!

 

Prestige Oak 21/6 MM Click T&G

Prestige Oak provides a large palette of natural and stained colours in wide planks for the modern look. These engineered timbers are the finest on the market with an amazing range of styles, colours, and textures.

The 21/6mm Prestige Oak range offers the thickest engineered real timber veneer from the entire range. Unlike thinner ranges, the 21/6mm options offer multiple sanding and polishing cycles with means your beautiful floors can last an incredibly long time as they can be refinished when they begin looking tired.

 

Prestige Oak 12/3 MM T&G

When shopping for engineered timber flooring, our customers are looking for quality flooring that will be sure to suit their interior décor. They want something that is built to last and look great.

The Prestige oak floors are the finest on the market with an amazing range of styles, colours, and textures. Sharing the unrivalled beauty and character of traditional European Oaks with durability and strength. The versatile European oak styles are sure to suit virtually any interior design.

Artisan Collection European Oak 5G Click

The Artisan Collection Oak range focuses on manufacturing the highest aesthetic standards through selecting the cream of the crop timber and professional staining.

From an aesthetic viewpoint, the Artisan Collection Oak engineered timber aims to offer natural tones for any interior design with timelessness. The gorgeous knots and tones of each style showcase the authentic beauty of European oak timber flooring.

 

American Hickory

Elk Falls Hickory planks are manufactured from only the best North American Eastern Appalachian hickory. It is a medium-high density hardwood designed for toughness and durability.

With a Janka hardness rating of 9.5, the Hickory engineered flooring range is one of the strongest European Oak timber flooring options in the market.

Pronto European Oak, ABC Grade

Pronto Oak engineered timber is designed look elegant and clean, providing a stable foundation for modern homes and more. Careful selection of only highest A/B/C grade timber with minimal blemishes and defects provides a seamless aesthetic. This means the 3mm timber veneer is smoother with less knots.

Furthermore, Pronto Oak’s use of multi-layer plywood substrate provides more strength. Each engineered oak plank is dimensionally stable, durable, and eye-catching.

De Marque Herringbone Parquetry 15/4mm

The gorgeous herringbone pattern first rose to popularity during the 17th century in France, where it symbolised elegance and status. Parquetry Oak is revered for its sensuous displays of contrast between the tight knots of timber and the irregular grain pattern that create a distinctive appearance.

The 15/4mm Herringbone Oak planks are manufactured from combining a 4mm of real Oak timber engineered onto a 11mm plywood substrate for maximum durability and dimensional stability.

De Marque Herringbone Parquetry 21/6mm

The gorgeous herringbone pattern first rose to popularity during the 17th century in France, where it symbolised elegance and status. Parquetry Oak is revered for its sensuous displays of contrast between the tight knots of timber and the irregular grain pattern that create a distinctive appearance.

The 21/6mm De Marque Herringbone Oak planks are manufactured from combining a 6mm of real Oak timber engineered onto a 15mm plywood substrate for maximum durability and dimensional stability.

De Marque Chevron Parquetry 21/6mm

Chevron flooring displays a magnificent selection of pre-finished colours designed to create a wonderful warmth, charm and character. The contemporary palette offers a unique renaissance appeal with incredible depth and texture.

The 21/6mm Chevron Oak planks are manufactured from combining a 6mm of real Oak timber engineered onto a 15mm plywood substrate for maximum durability and dimensional stability.

De Marque 15/4mm x 220 mm Wide Planks (New Width & Colours)

De Marque engineered oak timber’s construction with a plywood base provides dimensional stability with a wear layer designed to last. The wide planks measuring 220mm offers a more premium and modern interior experience.

The range delivers excellent warmth and charm to any interior through its bold, warm tone palette consisting of rich earthy tones that are combined with a beautiful grain patterning.

De Marque 22/6mmx 240 mm Wide Planks

De Marque engineered oak timber’s construction with a plywood base provides dimensional stability with a wear layer designed to last. The wider planks measuring 240mm offers a more premium and modern interior experience.

 

De Marque 21/6mm x 300mm Wide Planks Grand Range

The Grand Range of De Marque’s engineered timber offers 300mm ‘ultra’ wide planks from a selection of high grade, authentic European oak. The De Marque Grand range is often selected for its premium and modern effect on the interior design.

The De Marque range was born from herringbone and chevron, however the range’s popularity lead to reimagining the same gorgeous designs in traditional long board styles.

WildOak Origins 190mm Collection

Wild Oak Origins takes you from the cradle of French Oak flooring to the dynamic, timeless look and performance of technological prowess. Each plank of engineered oak timber flooring offers a unique gorgeous natural grain. They showcase knots and features which marry the beauty of the natural world with your interior design. The Wild Oak Origins is a perfect solution for your dream home.

WildOak Origins 220mm Collection

Wild Oak Origins takes you from the cradle of French Oak flooring to the dynamic, timeless look and performance of technological prowess. Each plank of engineered oak timber flooring offers a unique gorgeous natural grain. They showcase knots and features which marry the beauty of the natural world with your interior design.

The 220mm collection offers a medium-wide plank for a more ‘premium’ interior design experience.

WildOak Origins 240mm Collection

Wild Oak Origins takes you from the cradle of French Oak flooring to the dynamic, timeless look and performance of technological prowess. The 240mm Wild Oak collection offers a wide plank for a more ‘premium’ interior design experience.

WildOak Lakewood Herringbone

The Lakewood Oak Herringbone offers a beautiful tessellating pattern with its gorgeous European oak timber. Parquetry first rose to popularity during the 17th century in France, where it symbolised status and elegance.

Lakewood Oak prides itself on 9 coats of German Klumpp lacquer to produce a highly durable and beautiful finish that picks up and reflects light in such a way that compliments the beauty of real timber.

WildOak Lakewood 190mm Collection

LakeWood Oak is the most popular choice among interior designers and the general public, providing you with an extreme matt finish through german technology.

The European Oak used to manufacture the LakeWood comes from managed forests and is milled to meet our stringent grading requirements. Our factory uses the latest German machinery to produce high quality engineered flooring to last the test of time.

WildOak Lakewood 220mm Collection

Lakewood Oak 220mm is the most popular choice among interior designers and the general public, providing you with an extreme matt finish through german technology. The medium-wide plank size offers a more premium feel and has been a popular flooring trend as of late.

With superior dimensional stability offered by the multi-ply hardwood base, the Lakewood Oak engineered timber is both beautiful and long lasting.

WildOak Linwood Collection

WildOak LinWood is the way to have a healthy, low-maintenance floor for less investment and still get a 20-year performance guarantee. It is chosen for its affordability, simplicity and authentic European oak style.

This range offers 10 unique colours which offer a modern touch to any interior decor. LinWood’s oak timber is selected for the highest grade and minimal defects to achieve the flawless beauty we all love.

The Hermitage Inspire Oaks 14/3mm

The Hermitage Inspire Oak range is an exquisite engineered timber collection made of European oak and finished in a stunning ultra-matt finish with warm and natural wood tones.

The Hermitage Inspire Oak flooring range is available in a 14mm thickness with a 3mm oak top layer with striking planks that measure 190mm by 1900mm and are perfect for creating modern and sophisticated spaces.

The Hermitage Prestige Oaks 14/4mm

The Hermitage Inspire Oak range is an exquisite collection made of European oak and finished in a stunning ultra-matt finish with warm and natural wood tones. This engineered oak timber range is perfect for creating modern and sophisticated spaces.

The 14/4mm Hermitage Inspire Oak flooring range offers a 4mm of real oak top layer engineered to a 10mm plywood base.

Chateau Oak

Chateau Oak was inspired by the provincial homes that dot the French countryside. A stunning engineered timber floor highlights the authentic texture and grain of real Western European Oak.

The unique pattern features of each board is accentuated by subtle micro bevelled edges, and finished with a light brush to bring charm and warmth to your floor. Inspired by the provincial homes that dot the French countryside, Chateau Oak is the embodiment of elegant, humble comfort.

Corsica Oak

Corsica Oak offers authentic timber flooring that features a truly distinct character. Corsica Oak is made of up Medium Feature Grade timber, which provides a clean and aesthetic look without losing the natural variations in knots and grain between each unique plank.

With a 25 year residential warranty, you can trust that Corsica Oak engineered timber has both beauty and hardwearing durability.

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