Many people tend to lump both red and white oak hardwood flooring into the same category. However, they have many differences. They are both good and popular options for hardwood and engineered wood in homes today. For most people, the deciding factor is in appearance.
Similar Price, Similar Hardness
Because white oak has become so popular in the recent past, it now costs about the same as red oak hardwood flooring. This is assuming you’re looking a similar board width and lengths. When we talk about hardness we’re referring to the Janka Wood Hardness Scale which rates all types of wood on a scale of harder to softer. On the scale the higher the number, the harder the wood which means it will stand up better to families with pets and small children with less damage. White oak scores 1360 and red oak scores slightly less at 1290. This is not significant in most situations.
Different Grain Pattern, Different Hue
When looking at an unfinished piece of oak hardwood flooring, you may first notice the grain pattern. White oak has smaller graining which is closer together than red oak. If you hold them side by side, you’ll also notice that the grain pattern on red oak is varied where as white oak tends to be straighter. Depending on the stain you choose, the grain could be quite pronounced so choosing a look you like is an important factor in choosing your new oak hardwood flooring.
Red oak and white oak come by their name quite honestly. The overall hue of red oak tends to be more pink or reddish whereas white oak is more of a neutral beige. The same stain on the different types of oak may take differently giving you a different finish even with the same stain color. This is especially true with lighter and grey stains. Talk to your flooring company about their recommendations if you know what you want your finished look to be.
Authentic Hardwood Flooring Installs All Types of Oak Flooring
Whether you want real hardwood flooring, engineered wood flooring or even an oak looking laminate, we can help you find the perfect flooring with the appearance you desire for your home. Our estimates are always free so call us today at (727) 786-6330 or fill out our contact form.