Oak is a great choice for your new hardwood floors. It is a popular option for Boise homeowners because it can be easily and sustainably sourced in the United States, and not shipped from overseas. This durable hardwood can last a lifetime if properly maintained and adds timeless beauty to any space.
At Floor Coverings International Treasure Valley, we are on a mission to help Boise, Meridian, Nampa area residents find the perfect oak flooring for their homes. Here are some things to consider when choosing between red and white oak:
Coloration is the most apparent difference between the two oak families. White oak is darker, with tones from beige to dark brown. Red oak is usually a lighter color from white to amber with pink to red undertones. Staining your floors can make it more difficult to tell the difference between the two because darker stains may mask the red hues of red oak.
The grain of white oak is relatively straight and consistent. There are less natural deviations or swirls. Red oak can feature wild zig-zags or subtle waves. The wood grains are more prominent in red oak because there is more contrast between the light and dark marks in the wood. White oak, on the other hand, has a smoother grain with less noticeable differences.
White oak has a Janka hardness rating of 1360, making it harder than red oak at 1290. The difference is minimal, however, and both types of oak are strong, long-lasting hardwood flooring options. White oak is denser and slightly more water-resistant, which is why it historically has been used for shipbuilding.
At Floor Coverings International Treasure Valley, our Boise customers trust us with their flooring needs. Want to see how each of these materials looks in your home? Our mobile showroom is an excellent solution. Call us today to schedule an in-home, design consultation.
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