Improved Oak wall
Because the American Oak is greatly improved in stability, it can be planed in the characteristic Supreme profile. The end ridge and groove and the B-fix clip ensure a very high quality finish. Good ventilation and drainage is important for both vertical and horizontal installations. The beautiful blind finish and the end ridge and groove turn the wall into a parquet façade.
In addition to the Supreme profile, Improved Oak is also very suitable for other wall profiles. For example the Variabo wall parquet with Cobra Clip mounting. This open Facade Parquet results in a very playful look.
From Dutch forests
Improved Oak is made from the American Oak from Dutch forests. 200 years ago this oak was planted in the Netherlands for forestry purposes. The American oak grows faster and has fewer natural enemies here and is now, according to Staatbosbeheer (National Forestry Service), too well represented in our Dutch forests. Therefore, it is readily available at the sawmills, but due to its properties the demand for outdoor use is low. Therefore, the wood often ends up in the fireplace.
Improved in Brabant
For outdoor use, untreated American oak is unsettled and less durable. If we want to use the American Oak outside on the wall, then a number of properties will have to be greatly improved. So that is where the name comes from; Improved Oak is improved oak. With the thermo-process developed in the Netherlands, the oak is modified to a stable brown-coloured, sustainable board.
Passion for Thermowood
Awood has been gaining great experiences with Thermo woods for years. Usually these are not baked in the Netherlands and the growth area is more than 1000 km from the Netherlands as well. With the Improved Oak, we clearly have a product from our own region which, after sorting and planing in Uden, has travelled less than 100 km.
The modification process has improved the durability of American oak compared to the original natural durability. For this reason, Improved Oak falls into user class II and is suitable for outside use when untreated (not for ground or water contact). The resistance to fungi improves up to 10 times compared to the value of untreated wood according to NEN EN 113.
The expanding and contracting of the wood is 40 – 50% lower with Improved Oak compared to untreated wood. The heat conduction is also significantly smaller. The structural value is approximately 5 to 15% lower. Improved Oak is therefore less suitable for load-bearing applications, such as beams and decking boards, among other things. Awood advises Improved Oak as a wall parquet.
Curious about the possibilities?
American oak that has its durability improved by the high-pressure steam principle will, for the time being, still be a niche market. But exactly that is what makes Improved Oak interesting and distinctive. The beautiful marking in the wood and the sustainability story of local wood makes many architects curious.
If you want to know everything about the developments, do not hesitate to contact Awood about this.