Oak is the most popular hardwood flooring option in North America and Europe. The wood is readily available and is a lower cost hardwood option. Two variations of oak flooring exist: red and white. Choosing between the two ultimately comes down to personal preference for your Concord home, but there are some differences between the two oaks besides a reddish tone.
White Oak Design Benefits
Many people opt for red oak due to the warmth its red hue provides, but white oak is not without its design benefits. Its cream to white coloring can make a room feel light and airy, or calm and serene. White oak brings elegance to formal rooms, but also provides a calm and relaxed atmosphere in modern settings.
Grain pattern also varies between red and white oak. Red oak has a more striking grain pattern whereas white oak’s is smooth. This is due to red oak trees growing faster causing larger gaps between tree rings and thus larger gaps between grains. This can work well for hiding dents and scratches, but white oak can be preferred if a cleaner, less busy look is desired.
Additional Features of White Oak
White oak is slightly harder than red oak, making it a better choice for high traffic areas. Similarly, white oak is more resistant to water, so it is more suitable for kitchen use or other areas with light water contact. No major price difference exists between the two oak types. Both come in a variety of widths and grades, and both stain well. However, red oak will maintain a reddish undertone with its staining.
Your Local Flooring Experts
If starting a new flooring project, the decision between white and red oak will ultimately depend on personal preference. However, if you are installing additional oak flooring it is important to match it with the same type. The installers at Floor Coverings International Concord, MA are more than happy to take on these tasks for you!
Here at Floor Coverings International Concord, MA we have numerous oak flooring options to suit your Concord home. Schedule a free in-home consultation so our design experts can help choose the perfect flooring option for you.
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