White oak hardwood is one of the most popular flooring choices in American homes, and for good reason. Take a look at everything you need to know about white oak according to the experts at Floor Coverings International Cleveland West!
Pros of White Oak Hardwood
White oak has a light, wavy grain that can match a wide variety of interior styles. Its warm hues complement other wood furniture you may have in your home. Furthermore, if you are looking for a darker wood but like the natural grain of white oak, it accepts stain evenly and can be customized to fit your design dreams. White oak has a Janka hardness rating of 1360, which means it will have no problem standing up to heavy foot traffic in your home. Families with pets and young children often choose white oak because it is less likely to acquire scratches along the way and the light color conceals any buildup that occurs.
White oak hardwood flooring has a grain that naturally moves in waves. Without staining, it has a naturally light color. It has a Janka rating of 1360 psi, which puts it between birch hardwood and teak hardwood in terms of hardness. White oak is very dense and ages well. In older European castles, you can tell the wood is older, but it maintains a great look without a great deal of professional maintenance needed.
Domestic white oak grows abundantly in the eastern United States, which makes it a fairly affordable flooring style. It could cost as little as $4 per square foot of wood, plus installation. However, as with any hardwood you choose, this could easily become an expensive project depending on the size of your home.
While standard grade white oak is an affordable and readily available material, if you are looking for a premium grade floor, white oak can become quite expensive. The color variation and knots that come in standard white oak hardwood planks give it a rustic and natural appearance. If you are looking for a more uniform look, premium white oak can cost anywhere from $33 to $55 per square foot. The specifications make it so only a small percentage of wood is acceptable, which increases the rarity, value, and cost.
White oak hardwood complements a variety of interior aesthetics, adds value to your home, and can last a lifetime. We understand it might not be for every homeowner, so give us a call to view samples and talk more about the scope of a white oak flooring project. Get started today with a free in-home design consultation and price estimate from your local flooring team at Floor Coverings International Cleveland West proudly serving the greater Westlake, Avon Lake, & Avon, OH areas!
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