Oak flooring has been the staple of beauty and quality in homes across the United States and here in the greater Waukesha and Milwaukee areas for centuries. Homeowners who are interested in oak flooring have a big decision to make, though – do they prefer white oak flooring or red oak floors? At Floor Coverings International Brookfield, we provide both red and white oak flooring options, and for many homeowners, the question of which to choose is a matter of taste. Read on to learn what red oak flooring has to offer.
About Red Oak Flooring
Red oak is the more traditional flooring option between the two oak hardwood types, so homeowners who value a sense of continuity and history might be drawn more to red oak floors. This flooring boasts a warm, pinkish hue with prominent grain lines. Like white oak flooring, it can be finished with a clear sealant or stained to nearly any shade. Because red oak is so porous, the stain will go on smoothly and easily for nice, even color. Red oak is also known as the oak hardwood flooring type that has a “wilder” grain pattern. The grains within red oak flooring are less uniform and more unique; those patterns add a nice touch and sense of originality to your flooring. White oak flooring, though, does tend to have the edge on red oak when it comes to hardness. Red oak flooring has a Janka hardness rating that trends around 1290, whereas white oak hardwood flooring’s rating tends to be nearer to 1360. Since a higher rating means a harder wood, owners who want the hardest wood possible may steer more towards white oak than towards red.
Choosing the Perfect Red Oak Floor
While white oak does tend to be harder than red oak, though, keep in mind that when you select your oak flooring from Floor Coverings International Brookfield, you’ll be able to choose from a variety of widths and grades. We offer everything from wide planks to narrow strips, from consistent graining to visible imperfections, to help you find the perfect fit for your taste and budget. While the countless styles of red oak flooring can be a bit overwhelming, your design associate at Floor Coverings International serving Waukesha, Milwaukee, and Brookfield will look at your décor, existing color choices, and many other factors in your home to give you their personalized final product recommendations.
To start your next flooring renovation project, contact the experts at Floor Coverings International to compare choices and discuss what flooring is best for you. We offer free, in-home, Design Consultations and free estimates to help bring your vision to life.
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