Oak, the most popular species of hardwood used in flooring across the country, comes in two major varieties: red and white. Both have been staples of American home building for centuries thanks to their strength and versatility. Here, our Floor Coverings International Hillsborough experts take a closer look at red oak flooring and why it is so popular with Franklin Township homeowners.
Physical Properties of Red Oak Hardwood
Red oak is named for the coloring on and around its bark, not for the color of its wood once chopped down. However, its wood does have a naturally pinkish hue, though it can be stained to other colors as well. Red oak has a prominent wood grain and can run long or form circles and arches. Oak is a sturdy, resilient species, easily surpassing woods like cherry and walnut in durability. Your red oak floors may last for over a century in your home with proper installation and care.
Factors to Consider
Because of its wide availability, red oak is one of the most affordable types of hardwood flooring. Combined with its durability and resilience, this makes red oak flooring an excellent investment that will add value to your home.
Like other styles of hardwood, solid red oak flooring can be refinished many times over a period of decades. This gives you the opportunity to refresh your floors, removing scratches and dents and returning them to their original beauty.
Red oak hardwood floors can be installed in virtually any home, and they offer a beautiful addition to living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, and more. However, be careful before installing red oak floors in areas with water, such as bathrooms and kitchens. Too much exposure to water can warp and damage hardwood.
If you have more questions or are curious to see product samples, call Floor Coverings International Hillsborough today! We serve homeowners in Franklin Township and beyond.
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