Why Pick Elysium Oak's Engineered European Oak ?.
Some Oak that is sold as 'European Oak' is actually from the Russia and the Far East and consists mainly of Mongolia, a species that doesn't grow in Europe at all and has very different characteristics from true European Oak. Due to its proximity to China, a major wood flooring manufacturing center, this Q. mongolica is actually what's being used in many of the products now being sold mistakenly as 'European Oak.' Also, Q. Mongolia has been over-harvested, often through illegal logging, and is now a protected tree species under the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species
Illegal harvesting of Q. mongolica in protected areas of the Russian Far East has also been one of the major drivers of habitat loss affecting the endangered Siberian Tiger. As at Elysium Oak LTD we offer all our purchasing clients proof of origin and FSC certifications matching to our European Oak engineered wooden flooring, giving our clients peace of mind when purchasing a sustainable FSC hardwood floor.
All Elysium Oak LTD raw material comes from verified legal, selectively harvested forestry operations. We source wood only from European forests, where forestry laws are strict and well enforced, and from rubber plantations, where the wood is salvaged after the trees no longer produce latex. (Rubberwood, aka Hevea, is dense and extremely stable, providing an excellent substrate for some of our collections.)
Elysium Oak LTD does not buy Oak from Russia, Ukraine, or other non responsiable countries where illegal and otherwise irresponsible harvesting is currently commonplace. Illegal logging is a huge problem in many of those countries, and particularly in the Russian Far East, where harvesting of Oak and other species in protected areas is reducing the last remaining habitat of the endangered Siberian Tiger. Most of that Oak is being processed in factories in China and sold Internationally, where it is often labeled as ‘European Oak’ even though it has very different characteristics from the Oak from responsible counties.
Environmental considerations aside, we also find that European Oak from central Europe has a more beautiful grain structure than Oak from Russia and northern Europe. Incidentally, claims that Russian Oak is denser than true European Oak because the trees grow more slowly at those northern latitudes are not supported by science. In fact, the Oak species group is unique in that Oak trees grown farther north actually yield wood that is LESS dense.
For those customers who prefer independent third-party verification that the purchase of their floor supports responsible forestry practices, we offer products certified by a non-profit organization, the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC). FSC-certified flooring is available by Special Order and is not available on all items. Please inquire for specifics and lead times.
Note: we say 'genuinely' FSC-certified because some of our competitors use the FSC logo in ways that can be misleading. The fact that a company is certified and features the FSC logo in their marketing does not mean that what they are selling is FSC-certified. For verification, check that the invoice clearly lists the FSC-certified status of the individual product in its line-item description.
What is wide plank engineered White Elysium Oak LTD wood flooring?
A wide plank floor from Elysium Oak LTD uses boards that are 190mm wide, and up to 1,900mm 75% and 950mm 25% ratio lengths per box. In contrast, standard commercial flooring uses boards that are 95mm to 175mm in width and 350mm to 1,600mm in lengths usually in randomly paired length in each box. That means a wide plank floor has a fraction of the seams of a commercial floor, creating a more harmonious and less busy look. A wide plank floor also allows the grain patterns in the wood to be more present and visible, enabling the personality of the hardwood to show through.
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What are the benefits of engineered White Oak wood flooring?
An engineered floor is typically installed in rooms that are below ground level or in environments that typically experience slightly higher levels of relative humidity. Engineered flooring is ideal for minimizing expansion and contraction through a relatively moderate range of relative humidity, 30-55%
Why choose Elysium Oak hardwood flooring over other options?
Most customers choose Elysium Oak because they want:
• A wood that is extremely versatile and can work with a variety of interior design schemes.
• A highly durable floor that will withstand traffic and denting easily.
• A hardwood that comes in a variety of grades and can be easily customized.
Elysium Oak is the #1 source for White Oak hardwood flooring.
The Elysium Oak LTD Brand has been at the forefront of hardwood flooring. Today, Elysium Oak LTD is the leader in creating custom wide plank flooring for residences and businesses worldwide. The reason for our success: extraordinary quality. Every piece of White Oak hardwood flooring is handcrafted by our artisan experts with unmatched pride, passion and purpose. Our goal is nothing less than a masterpiece – a truly stunning floor that expresses your sense of style and beauty, and that will charm you anew every time you walk through the door. From your first contact with our customer service team through your conversations with our design consultants and to delivery and installation of your floor, we are committed to providing unparalleled service and an exceptional customer experience. We promise that creating your one-of-a-kind White Oak hardwood flooring with Elysium Oak LTD will be a true pleasure.