Hardwood flooring possesses a certain ineffable quality that makes it a popular flooring choice with St. Petersburg homeowners. With you choose hardwood, you get strong, low-maintenance floors that add timeless warmth to any aesthetic. There are thousands of types of hardwood, and at Floor Coverings International of St. Petersburg, we help families find the right hardwood floors for their homes. One of the most popular hardwood varieties is red oak.
Red Oak vs. White Oak
There are two common species of oak that are used for flooring: red oak and white oak. Although they share a name, these hardwood options could not be any different. White oak ranges in color from beige to dark brown. Its straight and subtle grain patterns make it popular for modern, minimalist homes. Red oak has wild, unpredictable grains and swirls, making it a great choice for rustic or traditional homes. What really distinguishes red oak is its color: amber to light brown with distinct pink undertones. When exposed to natural light, red oak emits a soft, warm glow.
Benefits of Red Oak
Red oak is popular for a reason. Here are some of its main advantages:
- Durability: red oak is a strong and sturdy hardwood with a Janka hardness rating of 1,290. With minimal maintenance, your red oak floors should last for generations.
- Versatile: the possibilities are endless with red oak. This hardwood has a range of colors, styles, stains, and finishes. Additionally, we carry engineered and solid varieties, as well as red oak plank.
- Eco-Friendly: native to New England, red oak is sustainably grown and harvested in the northeastern United States. This cuts down on the pollution generated from transporting lumber across the globe.
- Traditional: red oak has been a staple in American homes for generations. Some of the first European settlers built their homes from local red oak. By choosing this beautiful hardwood for your home, you are paying homage to the industrious American spirit.
Find the Floors of Your Dreams
We carry thousands of flooring options—including many varieties of red oak hardwood—at Floor Coverings International of St. Petersburg. Call today to schedule your free, in-home consultation and find the floors of your dreams.
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