Sustainable European Oak

As consumers, we should understand the origins of hardwood products, the energy needed to prepare them for use and the benefits of their successful application in the modern built environment.

BestWood Flooring is committed to partner with like-minded people who make floors that withstand the test of time, which is the epitome of sustainability…

Our Dutch supply partners, Hakwood, who were founded in 1979, make floorboards and wall tiles from only the finest timbers and are able to offer Forest Stewardship Council certified timber, on request.

“Our quest is primarily targeted at European Oak: wood that is characterized by a less prominent grain, neutral tan colour and raw, natural appearance… Starting in France, through Germany and into the Balkans… this is where we look… We are very critical in our quest”…. Hakwood Blog

Hardwoods sourced from managed forests are a particularly advantageous material in several respects, including:

Plantations act as global carbon sinks.

Sawn hardwoods require much less embedded energy to prepare than alternative building materials including concrete, steel and glass.

The thermal and acoustic insulation benefits of hardwood finishes are well documented and of increasing importance to home owners and building managers who aim to minimize energy consumption.

It should come as little surprise that Scandinavia, known to have among the strictest regulations for interior air quality, is an strong market for Hakwood floors because they achieve best-in-class dimensional stability and durability of their timber finishes despite using minimal carcinogens in glues and oils.

Visit our Cape Town showroom or contact us to arrange a presentation in your Gauteng office; our directors would be delighted to have these and other important conversations about your selection of hardwood finishes.



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