shutterstock_163325750Adding hardwood floors to your home is a sure fire way to instantly add beauty and resale value to your house. Hardwood flooring is a classic choice that can match with nearly any interior design aesthetic, from ultra-traditional to modern minimalism. Here at Floor Coverings International of Seminole and Largo though, we see many people who don’t even know where to start once they’ve decided that they want to install hardwood flooring in their homes. With so many options, from engineered hardwood to ecofriendly options, it can get confusing for a layman. That’s why we’re here to help you choose the floors that will be the best for your home. This post will introduce you to the most popular species of wood used for flooring in America, the species against which all others are measured, red oak.


Appearance of Red Oak Floors


Red oak hardwood floors are known for their warm tones, which will instantly make any room feel more welcoming. There are two main oak species used in flooring, red oak and white oak. As its name would imply, red oak has more reddish and warm pink tones than white oak, which tends to have more gray and brown undertones. Red oak is a very traditional looking wood, with most planks containing varying shades of reddish browns and creams. The tone of the wood has moderate variations, and red oak tends to take stains very well. The grain of red oak is slightly open, and slightly coarser than white oak, but this strong graining tends to help disguise and diminish any scratches and scrapes which the wood might accrue over time.


Hardness and Durability of Red Oak Floors


Red oak has a Janka hardness rating of 1290. The Janka scale measures a wood’s ‘hardness’, or ability to withstand denting and damage. Because red oak is the most popular flooring option, all other hardwood Janka ratings are compared against red oak, which serves as a sort of median measuring stick. Red oak flooring tends to be quite durable, which helps to explain its enduring popularity as a floor covering option. Red oak has been used for centuries in structures from castles to cottages, and it has good dimensional stability, with a score of 8.6.


Price of Red Oak Floors


Red oak is a great, cost-effective way to improve your home. It has an average price of approximately $3.00 to $5.00 per square foot. As with most woods, the actual cost of your hardwood floors will fluctuate based on availability and the market. Red oak will be more pricey than lower quality wood species such as yellow pine (which has a janka rating between 690 and 870), but will be much less expensive than super-hard exotic woods such as Brazilian Cherry, with a Janka rating of 2820.


You’re well on your way to becoming a hardwood flooring expert! Now that you know so much about the most common hardwood, the species against which all other species are measured, you should be ready to move forward on your new floors, with the help of Floor Coverings International of Seminole and Largo, FL.


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