Solid oak staircase, balustrades and gallery with all features turned in a traditional finish.
This traditional style solid oak staircase has recently been installed in a new build property.
Although the installation is complete the timber has yet to receive a treatment of wood oil or light varnish so the wood is in its natural state. Most staircases, after installation, are treated with either a light wood oil or varnish to preserve the timber. This one is in its untreated state.
Rising from a sea of marble tiles this solid oak staircase presents a dramatic contrast to its contemporary surroundings.
Nearly all of this particular staircase is built of solid oak. but a few parts, the newel posts, are of engineered timber.
What is engineered timber?
By gluing together several pieces of timber that might otherwise be wasted, engineered wood is a cost effective use of an expensive resource.
There is no difference between English and European Oak they are in fact the same species.
Although similar the European Oak is a different species to the American oak and there are subtle but noticeable differences.
Oak trees readily hybridise and there are many species of oak tree found over the world but the one we are concerned with is Quercus Alba the American White Oak which looks quite similar to the European oak trees.
One of the most noticeable differences between our native oak and the American White Oak is the colour. European oak tends to be a warm honey colour whereas its American cousin is a bit lighter and often has pinkish tones.
As with any natural product there is variation in the appearance of the timber.
We have noticed that he European Oak tends to be more even in grain and consistent in colour. There does seem to be more variation in American Oak especially with regard to its grain pattern which appears slightly more open than its cousins.
However we have no hesitation in recommending either of them for internal use as they both produce strong durable staircases.
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By Mike Edwards