The look and value of one’s home or business can receive an instant boost with oak wood flooring. With many diverse types of oak flooring, including white oak, red oak, and natural oak flooring, there are multiple options for unique customization of one’s floors to suit almost any preference.
Oak wood flooring is environmentally friendly, beautiful, and long-wearing. Oak is a natural resource that is both renewable and recyclable. Most oak flooring, being solid wood flooring, almost never needs to be replaced, and can add thousands of dollars to the value of a building, whether residential or commercial. Oak hardwood flooring also may be installed in multiple different aesthetic combinations, using different kinds of oak, different oak finishes, and different floor design patterns.
Oak Flooring Options
Red oak wood flooring is the most popular flooring option. Reddish in color with a coarse grain, the wood comes in dense planks and resists wear due to its hardness and thickness. White oak flooring is brown in color but can have a grayish tone in lighter versions. The grain is similar to red oak but more durable.
Solid oak flooring used to be a luxury, so engineered flooring and laminate flooring, which mimicked the look of oak, has become very popular. However, the price of solid oak flooring is becoming relatively competitive, making it more affordable than ever. A high-quality oak floor can now be obtained at a great price. Now the class and sophistication of oak floors is accessible to most people looking to upgrade their floors.
Hardwood oak flooring has the special quality of making any room look larger, yet warm and inviting. Also, oak will fit in with the furniture and décor of any room. It is a thermal insulator, which means that it holds heat in and thus heating up the room will most likely cost less. Also, since wooden flooring is so durable, it does not need to be replaced as often as carpet and is far more cost-effective in the long run — and much easier to clean. Maintaining oak floors is simple, usually requiring vacuuming or sweeping – an occasional polishing will improve the look of the floor for a long time. Spills can be wiped up quickly with little risk of staining if they are handled in a timely manner.
A real oak floor is resistant to wear and is very durable, so it can last for many years with proper care; however, it can be susceptible to dents and scratches over time, and oak flooring in high traffic areas would last longer if protected by a rug or mat. Furniture also should be affixed with felt pads so as to not scratch or dent the wood flooring. Occasional polishing is recommended to maintain the beauty of the oak wood floors. Solid oak flooring should not be installed in high-moisture environments, such as bathrooms and kitchens, as the wood can become warped when exposed to water or steam – engineered wood flooring products are better than solid hardwood oak flooring in those situations.
It is possible to install your own oak wood floor with the right tools and planning. However, if you feel more comfortable leaving it to the experts, or are interested in a custom design, a flooring professional can install oak flooring in any desired configuration. Hiring an experienced professional installer will ensure that the floor is fitted properly to maximize its beauty and durability.