Oak is one of the most popular hardwood floors, and for a very good reason. Its neutral coloring and durability make it an easy choice for any house and lifestyle. It is often used in kitchen designs because it can accommodate high traffic areas and looks great with wood cabinets.
This woods durability not only comes from its extreme hardness and density, but also from the amount of tannin in it, which is a chemical that repels insects and fungi. Oak is also extremely easy to install, which adds to its durability.
Oak is produced in two colors, red and white. Red oak has a pinkish tinge to it, while the white variation is slightly brown. What makes oak considerably distinct is the rays that grace the grain of the wood. Each cut creates a different pattern on the wood, though red oak’s rays are more distinct and white oak’s rays are longer. Depending on the cut, the grain can be tight or have tiger-like stripes.
Finish takes very well to oak, and most companies stain the wood in order to give it a darker coloring. Both species are used in traditional settings, and can take on the wear and tear of a busy household.
Oak is an affordable flooring choice for any remodeling project. Does oak sound like the type of floor for you? Come in to KC Cabinetry today!
- Cassandra Cordova, KC Cabinetry Intern