There are hundreds of species of oak tree found in the United States, but only two are used for hardwood flooring: white oak and red oak. These two species of tree may share a name, but their similarities end there. At Floor Coverings International Waukesha, we help families in the greater Waukesha, Brookfield, Milwaukee area find the right oak for their home. Read on for more information about the differences between these two distinct hardwoods.
Wild and Authentic
Red oak ranges in color from amber to light brown. What makes this hardwood unique is its subtle red undertones. When red oak is stained or finished, it can be difficult to identify by its red hue alone. In that case, red oak’s wavy grain lines and wild swirls are a dead giveaway. Many Waukesha families choose red oak for their homes because of its authentic charm and soft glow when exposed to natural light.
Classic and Modern
White oak, on the other hand, is more simple and subdued. With colors ranging from medium brown to beige, it is a popular choice in modern aesthetics. White oak has subtle grain lines and smooth, orderly swirls. Due to its closed pore cell structure, white oak is slightly stronger and more water resistant than red oak. In fact, in the seventeenth century, white oak was commonly found on oceangoing vessels. White oak is a great choice for Waukesha homeowners looking for hardwood that is more subtle and refined.
Your local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Waukesha work with families in the greater Waukesha, Brookfield, Milwaukee area to find their dream floors. Our process begins with a free, in-home consultation. Simply schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained design associates, and they will bring flooring samples to you. Compare white and red oak from the comfort of your living room.
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