Wood Species

Tasmanian Oak – what can it add to your home?

February 28, 2017
Tasmanian Oak is a great choice for your home.

If you are thinking about investing in timber flooring, it is safe to say that you have plenty of available options. At Sydney Flooring, we have more than 20 different Australian and international timbers to choose from, each with their own unique appearance and characteristics.

While you can discuss the best options with our expert team, you might want to learn a little more about the origin and options of various timbers.

In this article, we'll talk about Tasmanian Oak – where it comes from and what types of timber you can expect from it.

Tasmanian Oak – the heart of the southern state

Tasmanian Oak grows in three different conditions.Tasmanian Oak grows in three different conditions.

As its name suggests, Tasmanian Oak or Australian Oak originates from Tasmania. However, what you might not know is that the eucalypt timber actually comes from three different types of tree – all growing on the island state. This includes Eucalyptus regnans, Eucalyptus obliqua and Eucalyptus delegatensis.

Interestingly, while all three are categorised together for the purpose of timber, they are each found in different conditions on Tasmania. For example, regnans grows around the state's wetlands and rainforests, obliqua in both wet and dry areas and delegatensis high in the mountains at altitude.

Regardless of where the tree comes from, the group term 'Tasmanian Oak' was coined by early European timber workers who believed that the timber was as strong as the oak back home. Since the early 1800s, Tasmanian Oak has been widely used in a range of applications, including flooring.

One of the benefits of growing in Tasmania is that the trees are exposed to its unique geography and environment. As such, many Tasmanian Oak trees grow above 70 metres tall and live for over 400 years. These trees are known for being some of the strongest in all of Australia – feeding off the plentiful soil, sunlight and water in the environment.

This isn't expected to change anytime soon. Tasmania has over 1 million hectares of eucalyptus forest across the state, which is used for sustainable purposes such as timber production and conservation. If you are looking for a strong and ethically-produced timber, Tasmanian Oak could be a very good option for your home.

Adding value to your home with Tasmanian Oak

Tasmanian Oak is one of the most resilient timbers on the market, making it excellent across a number of applications especially flooring. Its light undertones which range from straw yellow to reddish brown, as well as both cream and pink, allow you to match it perfectly with paint colours, furniture and the overall look of the room. Of course, you could also get Tasmanian Oak stained which can further complement other timbers in your home as well as furnishings and finishes.

As a dense timber, Tasmanian Oak is very strong and will stand up to the test of time. From a workability perspective, this is important as any planing, sanding and finishing can be completed with ease.

Installing Tasmanian Oak

If you think that Tasmanian Oak will be great addition to your home, feel free to reach out the team at Sydney Flooring. We offer a full service including supply, installation, maintenance and support – allowing you to only worry about how it looks in your home.

You could also visit one of our two showrooms prior to making a decision to see Tasmanian Oak in action. Take a close look at its characteristics, colours and strength and imagine how it would look in your kitchen or living room. At the end of the day, we want you to select a hardwood floor that creates a timeless feel and brightens up your home.

For more information about Tasmanian Oak, get in contact with us today!

Related Wood Species Posts