• Liz Donahey

French Oak Buyers Beware: The Differences Between French Oak Flooring & European Oak Flooring

Updated: Aug 29

What are the differences between French Oak flooring and European Oak flooring? Genuine Old Growth French Oak is grown in forests that have stood for centuries under legitimate stewardship. French forests have been cultivated since the 12th Century and produce the best old growth French Oak in the world.

The rest of the world doesn't cultivate Oak, they simply cut what is available. Selectively harvested from sustainable forest our French Oak Lumber products are as legendary as the forests in which they grew.


1. Single Species Old Growth - Our French Oak (Quercus Robur) comes in one species, general consistency of quality is obtained by not mixing the species or age of the trees. Our oak is between 200 - 250 years old.


2. Single Origin in France - Our French Oak is single origin from a single forest which guarantees consistency and the quality of the finished product.


3. Grading Regulators - French Oak is processed and graded using strict guidelines from the French National Wood Federation they have very clear rules for grading and drying methods.


4. PEFC Certification - Salvage Europe only sources Old Growth French Oak from France under PEFC certification so you can be sure that you are getting what you paid for.


5. White French Oak - French Oak is 100% white oak and comes in a variety of floor board widths, including wide plank hardwood flooring.


6. Low Moisture Content - All of our French Oak Lumber is air dried and then kiln dried. It is then stored in a humidity-controlled warehouse until sold. Pieces are available up to 17 inches wide in five different grades ranging from clean through to rustic, in sawn boards, beams, posts and whole logs (boules).


Learn more. Talk to one of our French Oak Specialists Today.

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