The wide selection of hardwood products available today can be overwhelming. There are many species to choose from—cherry, hickory, maple—not to mention countless stains, finishes, and styles. At Floor Coverings International of Carmel we help Fishers families find the perfect hardwood for their home. Many choose white oak for their new custom hardwood floors for its timeless simplicity.
White Oak or Red Oak?
There are two type of oak hardwood: white oak and red oak. They might share nomenclature, but that is where their similarities end. Red oak tends to be lighter, with colors ranging from amber to light brown and pink undertones. White oak ranges from beige to dark brown. When red oak is stained, the red hues are obscured, and it can be difficult to distinguish the two from color alone. That’s when it helps to examine the wood grain. White oak has straight, light grain patterns and subdued swirls. Each piece of red oak is made unique by distinct lines and swirls.
White Oak’s popularity is no surprise given its many benefits:
- It’s strong and long lasting. With a Janka hardness rating of 1,360, white oak is built to last. When it’s properly maintained, white oak hardwood flooring provides warmth and beauty for generations.
- White oak has tremendous variety. This versatile hardwood flooring option can be found in a variety of colors, stains, and finishes. Looking for plank or hand-scraped hardwood? White oak is a great option.
- Save the planet. White oak is native to the northeastern United States, where it is sustainably harvested. Thus, you avoid the carbon emissions from shipping flooring materials overseas. White oak is often the first hardwood choice for eco-conscious Hoosiers.
We carry thousands of beautiful hardwood options and expert advice at Floor Coverings International of Carmel. Stop by or call today for a free, in-home consultation with one of our design associates.
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