In the greater Raleigh and Wake County area, white oak flooring provides a touch of tradition and durability. Oak is one of the most popular species of hardwood flooring. In fact, over 50% of all the hardwood flooring available today is an oak species. Oak flooring comes in two varieties: white and red.

Characteristics of White Oak Flooring

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White oak, on average, is given a higher Janka hardness rating than red oak, and is used in multiple settings other than a traditional flooring option. Barrels to store whiskey, brandy, and other liquors often use a white oak species. It’s also favored in ship making as it is more resistant to rotting and mildew than red oak.

White oak flooring has a consistent light to charcoal-grey undertone. In addition, it tends to be darker and a bit more yellow in hue than red oak. If you want an oak wood floor in your Raleigh, NC home, but are seeking more of a character wood, red oak may be a better option as it tends to feature more prominent and wilder grain patterns. For even more subtle grain patterns, a maple or ash species may be better suited for your needs.

Style and Finish Options

There are quite a vast number of customization options that you can apply to white oak wood flooring. Our customers have the option to choose from a solid or engineered wood construction, the width of their plank, and even the stain and finish.

  • Types. Oak floors come in a solid or engineered construction. Different projects will require a different product to fit a specific need. If you are installing your floors below ground, engineered is the way to go. Laminate or luxury vinyl planks, can imitate the look of white oak flooring if you’re on a budget.
  • Plank Width. White oak comes in a variety of plank sizes, ranging from the traditional and standard strip to wider and more rustic sizes (some even up to 12 inches!).
  • Stain & Finish. Floors can then be stained or simply finished with a clear varnish to reveal its natural coloration. You can also choose to color stain the floors to your liking; oak species tend to accept stains evenly and easily.

The finish and color that you choose for your oak flooring will make a big impact on the overall look of the room in which it is installed. Your design associate at Floor Coverings International of Raleigh can help you find the best flooring solution that fits your needs, style, and current décor.

For more information, or to see the many white oak flooring varieties we offer, contact the experts at Floor Coverings International today. Our design associates will help you find the right floor for you and our team of professional installers will make sure to provide a complete and efficient installation of your new floors. We proudly serve the greater Raleigh and Wake County area including Wake Forest, Durham, and Cary, NC.
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