white oak hardwood st petersburg

St. Petersburg homeowners love white oak for its beauty, durability, and sustainability. It’s no surprise that oak is the most popular hardwood in America. At Floor Coverings International of St. Petersburg, we help St. Petersburg families find their dream flooring. Read on to learn more about white oak and to see if it’s the right fit for your home.

About the Oaks

When it comes to hardwood, there are two types of oaks: red oak and white oak. These two varieties are commonly confused because they share a name and many characteristics. Their main difference is aesthetic. White oak is usually darker, with colors ranging from beige to medium brown with gray undertones. It has a straight and subtle grain. Red oak is amber with red undertones. It has very distinct, wavy and wild grain lines. White oak is more popular because it complements any existing style or décor. Homeowners looking to make a statement with their floors often choose red oak.


White oak has a Janka hardness score of 1,360. This means that it is highly durable and great for rooms with high foot traffic. White oak has a closed pore cell structure, which makes it slightly water resistant. In fact, white oak has historically been used to build wine casks and oceangoing vessels.


White oak is native to North America. It grows best in the northeastern United States. That’s why most of the white oak that you can find was sustainably grown and harvested here in America. When you choose white oak, you’re choosing an environmentally friendly flooring option.

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At Floor Coverings International of St. Petersburg, we are passionate about finding the right flooring for each of our customers, whether that be white oak hardwood or nylon frieze carpeting. Give us a call today to book a free, in-home consultation.

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