When you think of hardwood flooring and prestige, you might not automatically think of natural oak hardwood flooring, but you should! Both white and red oak flooring have been considered 2 of the most prized types of domestic hardwoods through history. If you’ve ever seen natural hardwood and you didn’t like it, give it another chance. One of the reasons people don’t like this type of wood is because of the way it was milled or finished. But even though this flooring is natural by all bounds, it can still look different in terms of color ranges, the grains showing more or less, and the stains make it look different too. Oak is essentially packed with potential – if only you give it a chance!
Red Oak vs White Oak
You might think that red oak and white oak are named because of the color associated with it. But, actually, a non-expert could easily get these two materials mixed up quite easily. What really sets these two apart when it comes to natural oak hardwood flooring is the fact that Red Oak has significantly larger pores, than white oak. Both red and white oak also are extremely open grained. Even when you sand the natural oak hardwood flooring down; they will still feel quite smooth but you will notice indentations in the valleys of the wood.
White oak tends to be a tad more expensive than its brother red oak. But, they both run around $2.90 to $3 per board foot. On the other hand a French oak, which is significantly more expensive and considered an exotic wood will cost around $10.
Durability and The Janka Scale
The Janka rating has to do with how hard a wood species is and how susceptible it is to dings and dents. When you deal with more exotic woods, you tend to deal with a higher Janka rating, which means these woods are more durable and harder. White oak has a rating of 1360 meanwhile red oak has a rating of 1290. Just for a comparison, Walnut has a rating of 1010.
Both red and white oak are a favorite in terms of natural oak hardwood flooring because they are both a very tough and durable material, but they are also easily accessible and they don’t cost a ton to purchase. They can also both accept wood stains quite easily.