Of all the hardwood species to choose from, red oak is one of the most traditional and commonly used. Here at Floor Coverings International Boca Raton, our experts are very familiar with the red oak species and recommend it to homeowners seeking a warm, traditional look. Our flooring experts have compiled a list of the important qualities this wood has to offer in order to help you choose the right hardwood for your Boca Raton home.
What is Red Oak Flooring?
Red oak is part of the greater oak tree family, which also includes white and black oak. These trees are grown domestically in North America, but some are also harvested from southeast Canada. As a domestic hardwood species, red oak is abundant and moderately priced. It is commonly used in flooring, but can also be found in kitchen cabinetry, furniture, and wall paneling.
Red oak flooring comes in shades ranging from light to medium brown, but all varieties come with the reddish tint that gives this tree its name. This is a porous wood that can be stained easily, allowing the homeowner to achieve a variety of looks with this wood type. Red oak hardwood graining is considered coarse and is often subtle and straight.
Red oak hardwood is regarded as the standard for durability on the Janka hardness scale. This scale measures the density of a hardwood and ranks it in comparison to other species. Red oak scores 1,290 on this scale. This score is generally the standard that a hardwood must meet in order to be considered durable. However, red oak is not the most durable wood available, as many other hardwoods rank above it on the Janka scale. Red oak has the advantage of being more comfortable underfoot than denser hardwood species while still being able to withstand average wear and tear.
Care should be taken to keep red oak floors dry. While all hardwoods are susceptible to water damage, red oak tends to be less resistant against warping and staining. It can stain easily when in contact with water, so spills should be cleaned immediately to prevent them from soaking through the finish. Red oak does not possess incredible levels of decay or rot resistance, either. Only install this hardwood in dry rooms in order to maintain its quality.
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For a warm, traditional, and affordable hardwood floor, go with red oak. Contact Floor Coverings International Boca Raton today to schedule your free in-home design consultation and learn more about our hardwood selection. We proudly serve Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach and surrounding areas.
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