Oak is one of the most popular species of hardwood flooring for homes throughout the Raleigh and Wake County area. Many opt for a oak wood floor because of it’s durability, it’s relatively low price, and it’s diverse styling options.

Characteristics of Oak Floors

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Oak flooring comes in two varieties: red and white.

While red oak is the most common hardwood floor species used in North America, both oak varieties are considered domestic species with many even being manufactured right here in the United States. Both red and white oak rank high on the Janka hardness scale, making them a durable hardwood option. However, white oak usually ranks slightly higher than red oak. Because of their ability to resist scuffs and scrapes, oak floors can work well in high-traffic areas like hallways, living rooms, and kitchens.

Red varieties tend to have pinkish undertones while white oak tends to be darker and more yellow in hue. Both tend to give a warm character to a space as they do have very prominent grain patterns. The red oak varieties generally have wilder grain patterns compared to white oak.

Style Options

Oak’s various styling options make it a popular choice for hardwood flooring in the Raleigh, Cary, and Durham, NC area, because it can be customized to many design and decor needs.

Start by choosing a solid, engineered, or laminate wood oak flooring. Solid and engineered wood floors can be refinished multiple times, so you can be sure to enjoy your oak floors for many years to come. If you love the appearance of hardwood oak flooring but not the cost or maintenance of a traditional hardwood floor, consider choosing a laminate or luxury vinyl option. You won’t get the durability of solid hardwood oak, but you’ll still have many style options to choose from.

In terms of stains and finishes, you’re only limited by your imagination. If you want to create a custom wood option, a white oak would be ideal as it tends to accept stains better than a red oak. Red oaks are naturally more porous than white oaks, so it is very important to seal and finish them to prevent damage and stains from moisture or accidents.

Further customize your floors by choosing a distressing option and a plank size to fit your project. A strip wood plank is the most common, although wide plank formats are increasing in popularity. Hand scraping and distressing is also popular as it adds a unique texture and charm to the floors.

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Let the experts at Floor Coverings International of Raleigh help you choose the right oak flooring for your home. Contact us to learn more or to see samples in the comfort of your own home! Our team of experts work throughout the greater Raleigh and Wake County areas.

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