Flooring.org recently published this article on the merits of oak wood flooring, so we wanted to share it. This content was originally published here. We may be a little biased since we are a solid wood flooring specialist and agree with all of the points being made here. Oakwood is definitely one of our favorites as well. Read on…
“Natural wood, including oak, makes for a perfect building and finishing material, in both homes and offices. Wood finishing has a natural ambiance that promotes comfort, warmth, and coziness. There are many ways to use wood to finish a home, and one popular way is to use wood flooring. Using oak is an excellent choice, as it has a number of attractive features.
Oak has a naturally warm and attractive appearance, enhanced by the wood’s oils. The texture and grain of oak are appealing to the eye. And with white oak, many kinds of techniques for coloring the woodwork well. So, you can finish your home with oak as is, or change its appearance to your liking.
Oak is more moisture-resistant than most kinds of wood used for finishing rooms. That makes it less prone to decay and rot. It also tends to warp and twist less than other types of wood. Because oak has a prominent grain, small amounts of damage tend to blend with the wood’s pattern.
Oak lends itself well to making engineered wood flooring; it is a thin layer of oak bound to good quality plywood. That makes for advantages in cost, installation, and choices. Engineered wood is less expensive than solid hardwood, easier to install, and is offered in more shades and hues than natural wood colors. So, if you have a specific, and hard to match, requirement for the wood flooring in your home, you may want to try engineered wood.
With oak floors, you have attractive options for the wall colors in the rooms. For red oak, yellow or apricot walls add to the warmth of oak floors. You can also use blue or even pastels. With white oak floors, especially with a bleached finish, walls can be painted charcoal, or conversely, painted to match the floor color. The goal is to either add warmth to the room, or an attractive degree of contrast to the appearance of the warmth from the oak floor.”
In our opinion, Oak is the king of hardwood floors for a reason. Oakwood is incredibly durable, never goes out of style and gets only better with time. In fact, some of the most gorgeous oak hardwood floors are 200+ years old. Historically, oakwood has been used as a sign of opulence and can bring a sophisticated and prestigious look to any room.
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This content was originally published here.