Builders are increasingly turning to Tasmanian Oak for its ability to deliver an exceptionally high quality of finish. Its surfaces are true and clean with an even end-grain, it holds edges well and is readily worked to a smooth, lustrous surface. Most finishes adhere very well, and, if needed, it takes a stain beautifully.
Another defining feature of Tasmanian Oak is its stability. ‘It will do what timber does, so if you subject it to extremes, like any timber, it will react – but by and large it’s very stable.’
Michael adds that thanks to the stringent quality assurance procedures on Tasmanian timbers, all product coming from the state’s major suppliers enters the national marketplace at the right moisture content, with the right quality and grade. For the end user, this translates to a reliable, predictable material that eliminates the guesswork that can sometimes occur when working with timber.
‘It does exactly what you think it’s going to do,’ he says. ‘It just sits nicely, it’s less prone to internal and surface checking, so it’s a very consistent product.’
Historically, Tasmanian Oak has been the preferred choice for flooring in Australian homes, and chances are we’ve all crossed over its golden boards at one time or another.
‘A large percentage of Victorian homes were floored in Tasmanian Oak during the 1970s – and it’s still there,’ Michael says. ‘The exposed floors you’re now seeing in these renovated houses are Tas Oak.’
The fact that so many of these floors remain as beautiful and serviceable as the day they were installed is testament to the timber’s endurance and stability. ‘I’ve done inspections on Tas Oak floors for over a decade…and I couldn’t put my finger on one where we’ve seen a failure that was caused by the timber properties, it has always been caused by an external force or improper laying.’