Oak flooring provides the perfect combination of durability and natural beauty. It’s also reasonably affordable, thereby allowing you to enjoy the benefits of hardwood on a budget. Keep in mind, however, that not all oak is the same. Red and white oak floors are both beautiful in their own way, but there are a few key differences you’ll want to think about carefully as you seek the perfect solution for your Concord, CA, home.
Despite having the word “white” in its name, white oak actually tends to be a bit darker in color than red oak. White oak flooring typically has a brownish hue, whereas red oak has distinctive pink or cinnamon undertones. The natural color of red oak is lovely, but some homeowners find that it is difficult to match to cabinetry and furniture. However, differences between red and white oak’s shading will diminish significantly is you choose to stain your flooring.
Wood Grain Patterns
The grain on red oak flooring is more distinctive than on white oak floors, but it’s also less smooth. Many homeowners feel red oak is more visually interesting due to its brighter undertones and unique wood grain. Others, however, prefer the smoothness of white oak, which lends an element of convenience for polishing purposes.
Hardness and Durability
White oak has a slightly higher hardness rating than red oak. However, both types of flooring are notoriously durable, especially when compared to other domestic types of hardwood. Although white oak is technically more durable, the nature of red oak’s grain and coloring is such that dents can be better hidden. Ultimately, due to the minimal differences in hardness for red and white oak, durability may not be a chief factor as you choose between these two options. Both will hold up to regular wear and tear, even in high traffic areas of your home.
If you anticipate your floors will come into contact with moisture frequently, your best bet may be white oak, which is known for its exceptional water resistance. White oak’s natural water resistance is attributed to its closed pores, which are also smaller than the pores in red oak. Because white oak stands up better to water and humidity, it is a preferred option for basements, kitchens, laundry rooms, or anywhere else where moisture could be a problem.
Although most Concord homeowners tend to opt for red oak, one type of oak isn’t necessarily superior to the other. It all depends on your personal preferences. Think carefully about what you want in a hardwood floor and choose accordingly. No matter which type of hardwood you select, you’ll enjoy years of durable and beautiful flooring. Call Floor Coverings International Concord today to schedule a free in-home consultation. We proudly serve the Concord, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, & Martinez, CA areas.
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