White oak is not a hardwood that is white in color, or resembles any color variations that would give the impression of a white appearance. White oak flooring derives its name from the patina of the wood which develops a slightly darker color with less sensitivity to light as other species of hardwood material while retaining all original characteristics. In reality, it emulates a pale golden brown shade, using all available natural and artificial light, changing colors repeatedly, giving off an amber hue, and effectively enhancing the coloration of grain patterns which appear to change on a consistent basis.
White oak flooring is commonly chosen for hardwood flooring applications due to its fine grain, beautiful lighter to darker brown and grey colors. With four grades available, grades often dictate the price per square footage which should be thoroughly reviewed when considering white oak flooring. The four grades of white oak are as follows:
- Clear- Highest grade of white taken from the inner core of the oak tree. Free of imperfections with subtle character marks. Clear grade also referred to as “Classic”.
- Select Oak- Additional color variations with some bark remaining on backs. Referred to as “Natural Grade”.
- No 1 Common Oak- Noticeable color variations and character marks. Use in country homes or rustic cabin, log home construction due to open knots and natural dark streaks. Referred to as “Country” grade.
- No 2 Common Oak- For those who prefer to have their floors with additional character. Lesser grade, more economically priced often referred to as “Rustic Grade”.
Regardless of grade selected, white oak flooring adds value, charm and elegance to any interior room while maintaining quality with less annual maintenance required.
Other than the superior durability and hardness of white oak hardwood flooring material, other benefits of this superior material adds value and character to any environment in a manner that only white oak hardwood flooring material offers. These additional benefits include:
- Sandy brown color that adds elegance and warmth to any interior room
- Lowest priced hardwood flooring material of all hardwood floors
- Superior strength and durability with resistance to fading, denting and scratching
- Soft, lighter color with finer visible grains
- More comfortable to walk on with sound deadening qualities
- Water resistant
- Availability in solid or engineered composition to align with any given budget allocation.
With mesmerized appearances, the brilliance of white oak flooring is stunning in every aspect from natural color, to the beauty of wood grains, abundant throughout with inspiring characteristics.