Oak flooring’s notability continues to rise not just for homeowners in Oahu, but also all across the world. Over 50% of all hardwood flooring in homes today is made from oak. There are two varieties of oak: red oak and white oak. Simultaneously hearty and comfortable, red oak is a favorite in many Oahu homes. Your experts at Floor Coverings International Oahu have all you need to know about red oak hardwood flooring.
Red oak has wider and more defined grain patterns than white oak does. The rustic and warm character of red oak pairs nicely with every home layout or décor. With a light coral tinge, red oak is at once inviting and sophisticated. The natural look of red oak will work perfectly in tropical environments like the one we have here in Oahu. Particularly porous, red oak can be stained easily to match any tone and you can be assured that the stain will last. Choosing clear sealant will make your floor especially smooth and shiny. Different textures and board widths can further customize your flooring, from plank to strip to engineered boards. Oak flooring can also be used to compliment features typically made from oak in your home, including stairs, banisters, and handrails.
Red oak has a Janka hardness rating of 1,290, meaning that it stays strong with typical traffic and wear but is also comfortable underfoot. It can be placed in busy areas of the home like entryways and the kitchen. When properly installed and sealed, red oak will resist scratches and potential warping better than other hardwoods. The pronounced grain pattern also helps hide scratches and dents better than other hardwoods. Minimal sweeping, vacuuming, or dry mopping is all oak needs to stay pristine.
Since it is a species native to the United States, red oak is an economical option for Oahu homeowners. Oak trees are consistently replanted in the United States, so choosing it makes it better for the environment and lowers the carbon footprint of your home. Sustainable red oak will last for decades in your home.
Interested in learning more about having red oak hardwood installed in your Oahu home? Our friendly flooring design experts at Floor Coverings International Oahu can walk you through the entire process. Call today for a complimentary consultation and visit from our mobile showroom.
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