There are many hardwood varieties to choose from, but few are as iconic as white oak. It has been used for hundreds of years because it is durable, versatile, and beautiful. Here at Floor Coverings International Central Westchester, we know that Rye homeowners love the classic look of white oak. If you are thinking of starting a new project in your home, consider this hardwood option.
Fun Facts about White Oak
White oak hardwood grows on the eastern half of the United States, making it a local species for homeowners in Westchester County! A large percentage of the wood used for flooring is an oak species, either white or red. However, white oak has been a favorite of wood workers for projects beyond flooring. White oak’s durability and moisture resistance have also made it a popular choice for constructing liquor barrels and even ships.
Color & Grain
White oak has a warm coloring that complements many different interiors. While it is called white oak, it is common to see a large spectrum of color variation ranging from sandy white to medium brown. White oak also accepts stain evenly and can be customized to a different shade to fit your home aesthetic if that is a concern for you. One reason some homeowners don’t immediately jump to white oak is its distinct grain. The irregular and prominent markings can distract from other features of your home and bring a lot of attention to your floor. However, white oak is also seen as a beautiful and natural looking wood that gives your home a traditional feel.
Durability & Maintenance
White oak earns a 1360 on the Janka hardness scale and is a great flooring option for busy households. The hardwood will resist superficial scratches and dents easily, which is important if you are looking to increase the value of your home. To protect your floors even further, be sure to apply a durable sealant to avoid acquiring any damage. White oak hardwood is an excellent flooring choice if you’re looking to invest in something for the long-term. Well-maintained floors can last a lifetime and be refinished multiple times through the years.
There is a large demand for white oak hardwood, but it is a domestic species that is readily available, which keeps the cost affordable. To look at samples of white oak, along with possible stains and plank widths, give us a call! We offer free in-home consultations and bring hundreds of samples right to you! Floor Coverings International Central Westchester proudly serves Mamaroneck, Rye, and Larchmont, and beyond.
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