Oak hardwood is a timeless flooring choice for homeowners in Franklin. Red and white oak are among the most popular hardwood flooring options in the United States, with nearly 50% of all hardwood being made from oak. We love oak here at Floor Coverings International Milwaukee South and our experts have made this helpful guide for you to find out which is best for your home.
The two major varieties to choose from are white oak and red oak. Both have excellent ratings on the Janka hardness scale, with 1360 for white oak and 1290 for red oak. Oak holds up in many busy areas of the home including the kitchen, entryways, living rooms, and hallways. Both are excellent choices for homes with lots of foot traffic from kids or pets. Opt for white oak if you are looking for an extra touch of durability in your home. Both species will have typical seasonal movement due to temperature fluctuations, but will remain durable for a lifetime if well maintained.
Oak trees are primarily found in North America and are readily available. Since it’s domestically sourced, it’s a more eco-friendly option. While exotic hardwoods are certainly beautiful and have their own benefits, shipping them will increase the carbon footprint of your project. Thanks to United States forest protection programs, oak is consistently replanted and replenished.
Coloration & Grain Pattern
White oak has a sandy, golden hue evocative of honey, while red oak has a light brown color with pinkish coral undertones. White oak’s grain tends to consist of straighter and tighter lines without many unique swirls or circular nodes. Red oak has a more irregular grain with snaking lines and darker oval blotches interspersed throughout. Red oak’s grain is more unique also because it is lighter and less smooth than white oak.
Both varieties look fantastic when stained and finished. Red oak will is known to darken over time, and white oak has a characteristic glow when properly stained. Oak accepts stain easily, so be sure not to oversaturate the wood, as it can get uneven or too dark.
Are you interested in installing red or white oak hardwood flooring in your Franklin home? Our friendly experts at Floor Coverings International Milwaukee South are here to help and walk you through the entire process! Call today for a complimentary consultation and visit from our mobile showroom.
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