White Oak (USA) / European Oak (Slavonia)

SCIENTIFIC NAME: both the American and the European species belong to the Fagaceae family. American white oak is scientifically called quercus alba, while the European oak takes the name of quercus robur.

ORIGIN: American white oak grows in large areas of Central and Northern America, and the best quality is primarily in the Appalachian forests; European oak is particularly common in Slavonia.

DENSITY: at an average moisture content of 12%, the American white oak has a specific weight of 770 kg / m3, while the European oak has a specific weight of 750 kg / m3.

American white oak and European oak are similar in colour and appearance and have a rather straight fibre with more or fewer marked grains.

The heartwood of these timber species is, by nature, highly resistant to fungal and insect attack. Besides, their tannins help to protect windows, shutters and doors against atmospheric corrosion over time.

Being born and grown in plantation, white oak is highly prevalent in almost all American states, but according to the geographical area it can present considerable differences in colour and mechanical properties. The kind of white oak used by FACOMA has grown and been sawn in Appalachian forests, in the northern United States.

FACOMA’s glue laminated timber is uniform in color and easy workable.

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