When building or remodeling a home, flooring can be one of the hardest choices to make. It is, however, one of the most important choices. You must consider the type and amount of traffic the floor will receive, and consider pets and children as well. It is also important to incorporate your overall design and color scheme with the color and type of flooring that you choose. For many homeowners, contractors, and builders, the first choice in flooring is wood, specifically, quarter sawn oak flooring. Wood floors can be much easier to clean than carpet or tile, and can withstand more traffic than many traditional carpets. They are also a better choice for allergy sufferers.

What is quarter sawn white oak?

Quarter sawn white oak is a popular flooring choice for homeowners and contractors alike. Oak has long been a choice wood. It was popular during the Middle Ages with Gothic furniture styles, and continued its use into the 17th century.

Arts-and-Crafts style quarter sawn oak floor

Arts-and-Crafts style quarter sawn oak floor

Oak boards were present in Northern Europe as early as the 14th Century. There are many different types of oak to choose from, however, white oak is the preferred choice for quarter sawing. Early in the 20th century, quartersawn white oak was known as the wood of choice for many different projects in the Arts and Crafts movement.

Quarter sawing is done when the log is cut at a 90 degree angle from the log’s growth rings. This gives a vertical and uniform pattern grain. This type of cut also creates a board that will have straight parallel lines that run the length of the board. Quarter sawn oak can have medullary ray flecks, wavy and interlocked grains, as well as a reduced chance of cupping, twisting or warping. It is more stable than plain sawn. It also is more resistant to liquids and holds a finish better than some other choices. Some engineers and flooring specialists have even called quarter sawn white oak the most durable and quality flooring available in today’s flooring market.

How much does quarter sawn oak cost?

This type of oak is more valued than other lumber that is plain sawn. This is mostly due to the greater time it takes to produce quarter sawn pieces. It also produces more waste. Price can vary depending on the area of the country, the demand, how much you need and what type of retailer you are buying from. Some retailers may require a minimum purchase amount, such as $300. A length of 8 foot to 16 foot with a width of 4 feet to 8.5 feet piece of quarter sawn oak can run about $8 to $10.

What widths does quarter sawn oak flooring come in?

Quarter sawn oak flooring comes in a variety of different widths. Generally, flooring of this type is available in widths between 4 inches and 20 inches.

Does quartersawn oak come in engineered flooring?

For contractors or homebuilders who prefer an engineered flooring, quarter sawn white oak is available in engineered flooring. This creates the perfect hardwood flooring option, adding the quality of decreased expansion and contraction across the face of the wood plank. It also takes an even stain, adding to its aesthetics and value. For beautiful white oak that will stand up to the test of time, many choose an engineered quarter sawn white oak flooring. It is available prefinished or unfinished.

Prefinished quartersawn oak floors

There are many pros and cons to purchasing and using a prefinished quarter sawn oak floor. There is no definite answer as to which type you should choose, and wood flooring specialists disagree in their recommendations. An unfinished wood flooring choice can be messier to install and will create more dust. Unfinished wood floors also tend to fade more overtime and require replacement, which can be difficult to find matching replacement boards. There can also be more skill required for the installation of unfinished floors. Although unfinished flooring can be cheaper, it usually lacks quality.

Quarter sawn and rift sawn oak from Hull Forest Products

Prefinished flooring has limited choices in widths, lengths, colors, and grain. A quality prefinished flooring can be more expensive, when all factors are considered. There can also be more potential for liquid to get into the subflooring should there be a spill, as there is the greater probability of gaps. Products and colors of prefinished flooring can be discontinued, making it difficult to replace pieces. However, installation of prefinished hardwood flooring is easier, requires less skill and is more convenient. There is no odor with installation. Prefinished quarter sawn white oak can also be easier for an existing home renovation. The floor is ready to be used and lived in immediately after installation is complete.

When choosing flooring for your new home or your home renovation, be sure to review all of your options. Speak with at least one expert, and do your own research. Consider what qualities you need and desire in flooring, and your own style choices. The best choice in home flooring for many will be quarter sawn white oak.

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