Despite the name, white oak hardwood flooring doesn’t have to be white, or even light. This versatile flooring option can suit any room in your Keller home, and it comes in a wide variety of natural tones. You can finish the natural wood, or stain white oak for any look to compliment your decor.
Oak flooring is the most popular hardwood option in the U.S., and there are many attributes to consider before installing oak. Learn more about the pros and cons of this flooring option from the experts at Floor Coverings International Southlake.
Advantages of White Oak for Your New Floor
- Durable. White oak gives you a long-lasting floor that works well even in higher-traffic areas, such as entryways, hallways and kitchens. The wood’s density allows it to resist natural wear and tear. White oak holds up well, resisting dings and scratches from dropped objects such as house keys, kitchen utensils, etc. And it can be refinished again and again to return it to its natural beauty.
- Moisture resistant. Feel free to choose white oak flooring for your bathroom or kitchen. It is a stable wood with little expansion or contraction and was used in ancient times for ship building.
- Versatile. Your white oak flooring is naturally light, but takes stain well. It may be stained any tone you desire, from ivory, taupe or arctic white to dark ebony shades. You can also opt for white oak simply finished with transparent sealant to enjoy the natural beauty of the wood.
- Rustic or modern. You can choose a more refined look with select grade white oak, or a more natural style with one of the common (lower/less expensive) grades.
- Variety of widths and grain options. Whether you prefer wide oak planks or thin, narrow strips, you have your choice with white oak hardwood floors. Grain can be consistent or variable, wavy and irregular to give your floor a unique character.
Potential Downsides of White Oak Flooring
- Traditional. Oak is a traditional choice for flooring and found in many homes in the Keller area. This is typically good for resale (appealing to a broad range of buyers), but not so desirable if you want something unique or contemporary. Make no mistake, however, a white oak floor will be a beautiful addition to your home.
- Potentially costly. Premium and select grades can be costly. This grade offers consistent grain patterns and is relatively free from the “personality” knots, blemishes or mineral streaks that some homeowners prize.
- Color considerations. If you like white, gray or brown shades, white oak is excellent. If you prefer a reddish or warmer wood tone, consider red oak flooring.
Our team at Floor Coverings International Southlake is here to help you find the perfect flooring for your home. Contact us today for a free design consultation and we’ll come to you with our mobile showroom.
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