Oak hardwood flooring offers a nice natural wood grain look that most hardwood floor consumer looking for it. Oak is a very common wood and for a long time is been used as a flooring product but many people doesn’t know that Oak floor can be made of two different species of “Red Oak” and “White Oak“.
- Red Oak: The color of red oak flooring varies widely from light honey yellow with a salmon tint to a warm amber with brown undertones. Red oak’s easily recognizable grain pattern shows wider lines that often run in zigzag or wavy patterns. This livelier pattern also helps hide dirt and scratches.
- White Oak: White oak flooring presents a more neutral palette with less variation between colors, that range from light yellow to golden brown. White oak’s grain pattern runs straighter and tighter, offering a smoother visual that works well with many decorating styles.
- Durability Of Oak Flooring: The durability of red oak and white oak makes either one a good choice for areas in your home that get lots of traffic. White oak has a slightly higher Janka hardness rating than red oak, but both are strongly resistant to scuffs, scratches, and dents. As with all hardwoods, red and white oak hardwood flooring will show color changes with exposure to light, although not as much as with other hardwoods.
- Oak Flooring Construction & Sizes:Oak hardwood floors are available in either solid hardwood or engineered hardwood (multiple layers of hardwood bonded together). You have a choice in the size of your oak boards. Oak strips, which are less than 3” wide, create a traditional look, while oak planks in widths greater than 3”, create a sense of openness and space for a more sophisticated style.