Oak flooring is without a doubt one of the most popular, timeless hardwood species on the market for Monmouth County homeowners. But you may find yourself wondering what’s the difference between red and white oak? Both types of oak are well-loved for durability and style, but there are a couple of differences to note, which our experts at Floor Coverings International Monmouth County are here to share!
Color and Graining
One of the major differences between red oak and white oak are the tones of the wood. Red oak has a warmer appearance with more pink and red undertones. White oak, while not actually white, tends to be a bit darker with yellows and browns. The cooler tone of white oak makes it a popular modern flooring style, and red oak will always add traditional warmth to any space in your home.
On a similar note, red oak has much more prominent graining that provides strong texture to your floors. Having visible graining is a desirable trait in hardwoods to better hide any damage such as scratches. Again, for a more modern appearance opt for the smooth surface of white oak, which as less dramatic wood graining.
Durability and Maintenance
Both species of oak are popular for their durability and fairly easy maintenance. The Janka hardness scale is used to measure a hardwood floorings durability, and both species of oak are considered moderately hard and strong. White oak has a score of 1360, and red oak has a score of 1290. In regards to resistance to moisture, the closed grain of white oak does make it a bit more resistant in humid climates. No matter what species of hardwood you have, we recommend routine sweeping and always cleaning up spills for simple maintenance.
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Whether you love the traditional, warm appearance of red oak or the modern, smooth appearance of white oak, oak flooring is a classic hardwood choice in your Monmouth County home. Our design experts are here to help every step of the way. Call Floor Coverings International Monmouth County today and schedule a free, in-home consultation. We proudly serve the surrounding areas of Monmouth and Ocean County.
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