For classic hardwood in your Montco home, ask your local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Montco about white oak. As one of the most traditional and popular materials available, white oak is perfect for homes young and old. Let us take you through some of the characteristics that make white oak such a classic hardwood choice.
A Local History
White oak is a domestic species of hardwood that continues to grow readily across the United States, especially in the east. It is estimated that over half of the forests used for farming hardwood contain oak trees. White oak in particular has been a favorite in homes for centuries. Here in Montco, we are surrounded by historic homes and quaint structures that likely used white oak or another oak variant.
Color & Grain
Contrary to its name, white oak is milled in a variety of colors ranging from creamy beige hues to deep browns. Its rusty counterpart, red oak, is actually known for being lighter in color. It has a relatively tight grain but is commonly seen with long or swirling grain marks. However, the color variation of the markings is not prominent and creates a very warm, earthy tone across its profile. Some homeowners will prefer perfectly uniform floors, but white oak’s pattern is subtle enough to complement any home.
Durability & Structure
White oak hardwood has been known to last for generations; just look at historic Montco homes and see for yourself. The wood has a durable surface and an exceptionally stable composition. White oak has a Janka score of 1360 meaning it is highly resistant to superficial scratches and dings and can stand up to heavy foot traffic. Furthermore, white oak’s closed-pore structure makes it moisture resistant. The tight grain keeps it from contracting or expanding when exposed to moisture or humidity and resists any warping. White oak was even used on ships that made transoceanic journeys!
This beautiful and exceptionally durable wood is perfect for Montco homes. To talk about installing white oak and to look at samples, schedule a free in-home consultation today! Floor Coverings International Montco proudly serves King of Prussia, Lafayette Hill, Blue Bell and beyond.
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