No Sapwood, Avoid Fungus and Decay

Tree Wood Rings showing the Sapwood, Live wood

Sapwood is the living outermost and therefore younger portion of a tree. It is a soft layer recently formed under the bark, usually lighter in color and more humid than the inner part (heartwood).

As the moisture dries out, it can affect the durability and compactness of the floor by shrinking and warping. In addition, sapwood makes the wood more susceptible to fungus and decay and it can become an ideal food source for termites. All reasons why sapwood is considered commercially as a defect and by many unacceptable. Sapwood is always discarded in all our white oak floors.

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