Oak hardwood is a classic flooring choice for homes in the St. Louis, MO area. At Floor Coverings International Arch City, we are proud to offer durable and attractive oak as a top flooring choice for our local customers. Keep reading to learn more about oak hardwood for your home.
Oak trees are commonly found in North America and oak flooring has been a staple of American homes for hundreds of years. These days, when products are sourced from all over the globe, oak trees are still farmed and replanted right here in the United States. Because oak is domestically sourced, it’s considered a greener option when compared with more exotic hardwoods. Exotic hardwoods have their own benefits, but the international shipping will increase the carbon footprint of your flooring project. Not so with American grown oak!
Appearance of Oak
Oak is a domestic product that creates beautiful flooring results. The classic appearance of oak hardwood lends itself to a variety of interiors. Within the oak family, you can choose between white oak and red oak to get the perfect look for any room. Red oak has a lovely light gold to reddish hue and a distinct pattern of graining. White oak has a toasty brown color and beautiful mineral streaking.
Benefits of Oak
Oak floors are incredibly long lasting. It’s not uncommon to find historic homes that have the original solid oak floors still intact. Oak floors are also great for busy households that are bustling with pets and kids. The strong graining and streaking of this hardwood easily hides the signs of wear and tear. Oak is a perfect choice if your top concerns are longevity and appearance over time.
Another benefit of oak is the ease with which it can be sanded and refinished. If you like to change up the look of your home, it’s nice to know that oak can be restained after installation to achieve a new look for any room.
Oak takes stains very well, sometimes a little too well. It’s possible to over saturate the wood when staining which can cause uneven or overly dark results. The option to restain your oak floors is no doubt a benefit, but it’s important to be careful during the process.
Oak is more cost-conscious than other hardwood flooring options, but it still requires a bigger up front investment than say, carpet or laminate. The upshot is that oak hardwood will increase the resale value of your home. Buyers are drawn to the classic beauty of oak, and many of them are familiar with the longevity of this all-American hardwood.
Give Floor Coverings International Arch City a call, and get a free, in-home design consultation for your new oak hardwood floors. We visit homes throughout the St. Louis, MO area. Let us bring our full range of product samples to your home, give you a free quote, and answer all your questions.