Oak is the most popular type of hardwood flooring used in homes today, especially in Illinois. Oak floors are timeless and classic, and are a major selling point. If you're thinking of upgrading your current flooring to oak hardwood, here are 3 things to know about this popular design feature:
1. There are two types of oak flooring: red oak and white oak. "Red oak is very popular, and accepts stains very well," explained Lexie Psyhos, Marketing Manager for Performers Flooring & Design Gallery in Bloomingdale. "It offers a warm, reddish glow, even if you choose a cooler color for the stain. White oak is also beautiful, but is slightly softer on the Janka Hardness Scale. Both types look wonderful, whether they're stained a light natural color or a darker walnut hue."
2. The grain pattern is very open. "There are four classifications of grain, which range from rustic to a higher quality select category," added Psyhos. "The select type has fewer knots and less visual movement to the grain, but all four classifications offer a variety of price points. The main thing to know is that the grain pattern in oak flooring is very visible and present in the floorboards."
3. Oak floors are very durable and strong. "Once oak floors are finished, they land about midway on the Janka Hardness Scale," said Psyhos. "The majority of wood flooring is in the same range. Oak flooring is a solid product with a lot of benefits, including the fact that you can refinish and restain it. It is very hygienic and easy to maintain, which is great for allergy sufferers, and it doesn't trap pet odors like carpet can. If necessary, you can replace one or a few boards instead of the entire floor."
Oak floors are naturally resistant to moisture, fungus, and insects, and they provide excellent acoustic absorption. They last for decades, and are a terrific investment in your home. For more information, please contact:
Performers Flooring & Design Gallery
25W561 Army Trail Road
Bloomingdale, IL 60108