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Why Choose Red Oak and White Oak Hardwood Flooring

Oak Hardwood Flooring with Class

Hardwood flooring is among the most beautiful, durable options available to homeowners. Many choose hardwood floors because they know that they’ll add a classic touch to their homes and will withstand wear and tear for years to come. Hardwood floors have also become increasingly popular because they’re available in a wide variety of species, widths and colors.

Of course, choosing the right hardwood flooring for your home is about more than just aesthetics. You’ll also need to think about the amount of traffic the flooring will see and which species will best meet your needs. If you’re looking for incredibly durable hardwood floors that are proven to stand the test of time, oak from S&G Carpet and More may be the right choice for you.

Why Choose Oak Flooring?

There’s no doubt that oak is one of the most classic hardwood flooring choices in America. Oak is a beautiful wood that can add warmth to any space, and oak flooring is available in both solid hardwood and engineered hardwood forms. There are also several different species of oak available, meaning that homeowners can choose a color and look that meets their needs.

However, there’s a lot more to oak flooring than just the obvious aesthetic value. Oak is one of the hardest of all available hardwoods, meaning that it offers the best in durability. Red oak, the species against which most other hardwoods are judged, has a Janka Hardness Scale rating of 1,290 while white oak has a hardness rating of 1,360. In addition to durability, both red and white oak offer serious designer style.

The Benefits of Red Oak Flooring

When most people think of oak hardwood flooring, red oak styles come to mind. This classic hardwood boasts light golden to pink coloring with reddish tones. It is beloved for its wide grain pattern and for the unique variations in this pattern. Unlike some hardwoods, red oak boasts a rustic air while still holding classic appeal. It performs well in both historic and contemporary homes.

Homeowners who choose red oak can complement this beautiful flooring with furnishings, upholstery and draperies that pick up on its warm tones. Its reddish hue makes it perfect for use in areas with fireplaces and other warm lighting. Red oak is available in a variety of board widths, but 3 1/4 inch boards tend to be the most popular with today’s consumers.

The Benefits of White Oak Flooring

Even harder than red oak, white oak is a striking flooring choice that boasts warm, golden-brown tones. This type of oak tends to have a finer grain and more repetitive pattern than red oak. Thanks to its overall hardness, white oak is also reputed to stain more uniformly than red oak. This makes white oak a great choice for homeowners who want to enjoy the classic beauty of oak while adding a touch of custom color.

Homeowners who choose white oak can complement this lovely flooring with furnishing, upholstery and draperies in any tone that matches their chosen stain. Cool colors and lighting choices tend to bring out the best in white oak. Like red oak, the most popular board width today is 3 1/4 inches, though other widths are also available.


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