Spotlight On: Oak

Welcome to a brand new series here on Engineered Flooring called Spotlight On:. This week we’re aiming our Spotlight On: Oak! Domestic Oak is a very versatile type of hardwood and has been used for years to add distinction and sophistication to homes across the US. Here are two of the most popular types of Oak, their features and how much you should expect to pay for them.

White Oak
The crisp, light tones featured in White Oak gives any room a bright, airy feel. The dark gray heartwood is nicely contrasted by hints of white and a tight grain pattern. White Oak is a very versatile wood, as well – it can be easily stained or treated to match pre-existing floors, fixtures or furniture. Here are the specs:

Hardness: 1,360 pounds
Strength: 15,200 psi
Stiffness: 1,780 1000 psi
Density: 900 KG/m3
Tangential Shrinkage: 7.2%
Radial Shrinkage: 4.2%
Price: Depending on variety, expect anywhere from $3.75/SF to $6.50/SF.

Finished Natural White Oak

Red Oak
Slightly more distinct-looking than its White counterpart, Red Oak has a red-tinged brown heartwood and a more open, fluid grain pattern. Like White Oak, Red Oak is versatile enough to work in almost any room with almost any décor, and has been an American favorite for years. The specs:

Hardness: 1,290 pounds
Strength: 14,300 psi
Stiffness: 1,850 1000 psi
Density: 780 KG/m3
Tangential Shrinkage: 8.6%
Radial Shrinkage: 4%
Price: Depending on variety, expect anywhere from $3.99/SF to $6.75/SF

Finished Natural Red Oak

Oak has been a hardwood flooring standard in America for years. Isn’t it time you joined the club?

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