Oak wood is the most researched hardwood flooring online, which speaks to its popularity in American homes. It is a popular type of wood to be installed in homes for a variety of reasons. If you are looking to install hardwood floors, it is a type of wood that you should look into. We are going to dive into some of the reasons why oak is so popular and then discuss some of the characteristics that cause consumers to either love it or leave it.
First off, there are two types of oak wood and so it is always important to be clear as to what type of oak wood you are looking at. The two types of oak wood are red oak and white oak, with red oak taking the lead in popularity. We’ll talk about the slight differences between the two as we look at the characteristics of oak wood.
One of the major selling points for oak hardwood floors is that oak wood tends to be a durable wood. Hardwood floors take a beating daily with all the activity that happens on them. If you have a busy household it is good to look at wood flooring that is more durable. In the wood world we use the janka hardness scale to measure the durability of a type of wood. Both red oak and white oak have a fair janka rating, with red oak having a rating of 1290 and white oak having a rating of 1360.
Another benefit of oak wood is that it tends to be a stable wood. Wood is hygroscopic, meaning that it gives and takes in water based on its surrounding. If there is more moisture in the air then it will expand and if there is less it will contract. This can be an issue for areas that deal with moisture problems, especially areas that fluctuate. Oak wood is more stable than other types of wood and tends to be less affected by changes in moisture, helping to decrease the amount of expansion and contraction that can occur.
As we’ve seen, oak wood tends to beneficial characteristics so now it comes down to look. This is a matter of preference and how you want your home to look. The two major differences with red oak and white oak are the color and the graining of the wood. Red oak tends to be a bit lighter and has a rosier hue to it. White oak tends to be browner with golden or yellow hues. Red oak tends to have stronger graining. People either love or hate the stronger graining of the red oak. A benefit of the stronger graining is that it can hide dents and scratches better.
The two types of wood take staining a bit differently. If you already have oak wood floors and you are looking to install wood in an adjacent room or replace some of the planks then it is important that you double check to make sure that you are getting the correct type of oak wood. If you mistakenly purchase the wrong type of oak wood then it will look different no matter how you stain the floors. Be specific when you are talking about which type of wood you are looking for.
While it is a matter of preference of look, we do know that the look of oak wood floors tends to be universally liked so if you are considering selling your home in the future its best to think about getting a type of floor that is universally liked. Here some other hardwood flooring tips if you are looking at wood flooring prior to selling your home.
When you are looking at getting new wood installed in your home it is always best to consult an expert. If you are in Atlanta reach out to your hardwood flooring expert in Atlanta. Give Atlanta Hardwood Flooring & Cabinetry a call: 404-919-7010