Oak is the most popular variety of hardwood flooring in the country, and with good reason. Oak hardwoods add a warm, classic feel to any home, yet can still stand up to the wear and tear of everyday life.
Red and white oak are the two main varieties of oak hardwood available. Although red tends to be the more popular option, we at Floor Coverings International Edmond highly recommend white oak to Oklahoma City homeowners as well.
About White Oak Flooring
Though red and white oak hardwoods are relatively similar, they are distinguishable based on color. The terms “red” and “white” are somewhat misleading, though red oak does in fact have pinkish undertones that give it a warm hue overall. White oak tends to have grayish undertones, but like red oak, it is generally a light-colored hardwood. White oak flooring has a clean, classic look that makes it a versatile choice for many homeowners. However, oak is known for its pronounced grain pattern, which can be a positive or negative depending on personal taste.
Part of what makes oak so popular for flooring is its durability. On the Janka hardness scale, white oak rates at 1360 (just slightly higher than red oak). It is a fairly tough wood that stands up well to heavy activity and foot traffic, though like most hardwoods, it can be scratched over time by furniture legs or pet claws. Fortunately, solid hardwood floors can be refinished several times over several decades, so they can be restored to their original look even after much use.
Another advantage to white oak hardwood flooring is that it can be customized with different stains and finishes. White oak accepts stains well, so it’s easy for homeowners to get just the right look for a particular space. However, it’s important to note that long-term exposure to sunlight can also alter the color of oak floors.
Interested in having white oak floors installed in your home? Give us a call! Floor Coverings International Edmond offers free in-home estimates in the greater Oklahoma City area.
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