A GUIDE OF WHITE OAK HARDWOOD FLOORING

Updated: Nov 3


White oak hardwood flooring - Why is white oak so popular? White oak hardwood flooring has been expanding in popularity in the last few years, they are known for their durability and versatility. White oak both European and domestic (American) provides multiple benefits that go over and beyond other flooring options. It is also the most popular species that we installed and we get a lot of requests from clients, here at Vogue Parquet we love white oak as much as our clients.


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White oak floors in Miami

Is white oak a good hardwood floor?


White Oak hardwood floor looks more modern and less traditional because it is not as graining as red oak. The rings of the white oak grow close together, giving it a smooth and uniform look. Linear mineral streaks also add to this look and provide the modern look with a vintage feel which fits well with many modern farmhouse or industrial styles.


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European white oak flooring in Miami

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Not all hardwoods are equal. Some may be harder or softer than others, which can tell you how they’ll hold up to everyday use. White oak receives a Janka or hardness score of 1360, which makes it harder than red oak, ash, cherry, and American walnut. This means that it will withstand daily use well, without a lot of denting or dinging. However, the quality of the finish is also important in addition to the hardness of the natural wood. Hardwood flooring products that are pre-finished (finished at the factory) are more durable than a site-finished product. This is due to the ability to UV cure the polyurethane protective finish during factory processes in a controlled environment. This can be just another reasons to install real hardwood floors in Miami



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Why is white oak hardwood flooring so valuable?


Yes, white oak hardwood flooring is very valuable, we can say it like this - What differentiates white oak wood floors from other wood floors is the fact that it has a grey/brown undertone with a cooler hue. This makes white oak a lot more versatile and able to fit in with more interior designs than some other wood floors. For a sleek, contemporary look, select grade white oak. looking for a more rustic look? Character grade white oak can do that too. If you wish to know how hardwood flooring increases the value of your property? then, we have elaborated it for you in advantages of hardwood flooring.




What color to select for your white oak hardwood flooring?


One of the most challenging decisions to make is what color to stain or select your White Oak hardwood floor or simply leave it natural with a clear finish. The choice is entirely based on your aesthetic and preferences as quality White Oak takes stain very well when prefinished or finished on-site, from light to medium and dark colors.


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European white oak hardwood flooring

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European white oak flooring vs American white oak flooring


European white oak grows taller than the average American white oak species and is often used for specialty longer length and wider floor planks to the way it grows, the European oak's sapwood is wider and thicker than its heartwood compared to American oaks. Because the sapwood is thicker in European oak, you will find clearer and more select pieces in wider widths. European oak is generally live-sawn in which the log of the tree is cut right through from the front to the back. This gives the European white oak flooring a beautiful look while allowing different cuts of hardwood logs to be showcased on the planks. American oak flooring on the other hand is typically cut using three main sawing methods, plain, rift, or quartered. European oak is preferred over domestic oak for its ability to capture the rich, true color. You will notice a different graining in domestic oak as well. Tighter graining, with more of a cathedral look.


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How to determine the quality of the white oak wood floor?


To determine the quality of white oak wood floor look for characteristics like tight growth rings and long lengths, which show the wood came from the center of the old, mature trees. Shorter, narrower boards come from the upper portion and branches of the tree, which implies an inferior product. This will impact the overall performance and longevity of your floor, as well as its durability and aesthetic. A White Oak floor is highly customizable in terms of grade, structure, length, cut, surface, and finish.



Are white oak hardwood floors expensive?


White oak hardwood floors are affordable, compared to most other species, and is the solution when quality must be a priority, but also when you have a budget to keep. An unfinished White Oak floor can cost between $5-$12 whereas a pre-finished White Oak floor can cost between $8-$25 depending on the width, length, and other quality factors. If you want to make sure your money is being invested into something that will last, you won’t be disappointed by this option.


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Pre finished white oak wood floors or unfinished white oak wood floors

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How to use white oak wood floor planks?


You can use White Oak wood floor planks on walls and ceilings. From planks to parquets such as Versailles, Chevrons, and Herringbone, you have a variety of product types to choose from. Due to the versatility of White Oak, it can be installed in almost any room in your home.


white oak can elevate the style of your home or commercial space effortlessly. Consider the beauty of white oak flooring for your interior design to capture these benefits for yourself.


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