An oak is a tree or shrub in the genus Quercus of the beech family, Fagaceae. There are approximately 600 extant species of oaks. While many people will recognize an acorn, the fruit from an oak tree, they are unaware that oak trees do not start producing acorns until they mature – typically around 20-40 years of age. Mature oaks will produce more than 2,000 acorns each year, but only one in every 10,000 will manage to successfully develop into an oak tree.
Oak trees, when thriving in ideal conditions, grow very large in size. They can reach 70 feet in height and 9 feet in width. Their branches can reach 135 feet in length. The oak is prized and considered a national symbol of strength and endurance in many countries, including the United States of America, England, France, Germany, Poland, Serbia and Latvia. For this reason, it should come as no surprise that both red oak and white oak remains a steadfast choice in the manufacturing industry.
OAK – A Popular Choice for Flooring & Furniture
Oak is a very strong, hard and durable species and lends itself wonderfully to the crafting of hardwood flooring and furniture. While times have changed and oak is no longer widely used in ship building (yes, really!), it remains in favour in the wine and food industry (smoked cheese, anyone?!).
At Logs End, our red oak and white oak reclaimed hardwood flooring is popular with homeowners and commerical builders alike. It brings a unique warmth and character and lends itself perfectly to installations on floors, walls and ceilings. When it comes to oak wood products, there is no shortage of creative ways and places to showcase this majestic natural wood.