“I’m adding on to my 1955 house and want to match the existing wood floor. Is this Red Oak or White oak?”
“Is Red Oak better than White Oak”?
“Which costs less, White Oak or Red Oak?”
Red Oak and White Oak wood flooring are easily the two most utilized species of wood flooring on the planet, and for good reason. Both provide excellent durability, wearability and have above average stability as well.
Both White Oak and Red Oak flooring have been around for decades and when it comes down to it, it’s merely a question of personal aesthetics as to which oak to choose.
White Oak is “harder”, than Red Oak and contains more golden brown tones:
Red Oak flooring has a lighter overall color tone as compared to the golden brown hues of White Oak and often is available at a slightly lower price point:
Both Oaks accepts stain very well and can create hundreds of different looks. Staining the Oaks can further complicate the difficulty in knowing exactly which specie of oak you’re looking at:
White Oak is often sought after as 1/4-sawn flooring, although red oak can be 1/4-sawn as well. This type of “CUT” enhances the oak’s stability and creates a unique aesthetic look as well:
One variable that sets White Oak apart from Red Oak is the amount of “tannin” found in White Oak. These tannins can be utilized to work in partnership with certain floor finishes to create a truly unique final look to the floor:
White Oak flooring will typically fetch a higher price than Red, and will provide a higher level of water resistance, but red oak has proven itself as a steadfast flooring contender. Red oak also brings with it its own unique coloration that gives designers even more options to work with.
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