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The Types of Hardwood Floors - WHITE OAK

November 14, 2012

Red oak and white oak are very similar. When choosing between the two, the decision usually comes down to the grain patterns and the cost. Red oak grain patterns are more pronounced, while white oak’s grain patterns are finer and smoother. Since wood is a commodity item and traded on the stock market, the price can fluctuate greatly in a short amount of time. This means that red oak could cost slightly more than white oak one day, and the next day white could cost slightly more than red.


  • Dense (denser than red oak) meaning it is less likely to be dented or scratched
  • Recommended for high traffic areas such as living rooms, hallways, entryways, and kitchens because of its density
  • Higher in dimensional stability than red oak meaning it is less likely to warp when it gains or loses moisture and other seasonal changes
  • Works well with any décor (naturally ranges from tan to medium brown hues, making it very neutral
  • Easy to stain and holds it well
  • Cheaper and widely available hardwood


  • Will have moderate color changes and will take on a slightly amber tone over time
  • Common wood flooring choice (though custom staining adds uniqueness)
  • Lower grade wood is more likely to have slight variances of color, grain pattern, and to contain knots (though some prefer these attributes

If you have any questions regarding hardwood flooring contact us! We are happy to help!
Check back soon for the last post of our "Types of Hardwood Floors" blog series. The last entry we will look at walnut!

Posted November 14, 2012