White oak hardwood flooring
The primary difference between these two types of hardwood is color. White oak tends to be a bit lighter than red. This type of wood has a smoother appearance due to the weaker graining, giving it a more polished look. White oak has longer lines, called rays. These rays create an elongated appearance in the wood. This hardwood flooring option is also dense and less porous than red. Ranking slightly higher on the Janka scale of hardness, this flooring type is also somewhat stronger than red oak.
If you are trying to match your flooring to your furniture, most high quality or antique pieces are made from this wood type. You may notice that fresh white oak has a distinct crisp, woodsy scent that the red type doesn't seem to have. White oak offers a sophisticated, airy look that feels softer and more modern. This type of hardwood flooring comes in a variety of sizes to choose from so that you can customize your floor as you desire.
Red oak hardwood flooring
At first glance, you may not notice the subtle differences between red and white oak, but the red wood has an actual reddish or pinkish tint. The grains and lines of the hardwood are also more pronounced than white oak, creating more swirls and designs and a rougher appearance. This flooring type is a slightly softer wood, but generally compatible in price.
Red oak creates a rustic feel with its busier appearance and darker tones, and gives your home a cozy, traditional ambiance. This hardwood flooring option may not be as durable as white oak, so you may not want to install it in high traffic areas.
Choosing a flooring type is just the beginning when it comes to renovating your floors. Different finishes create a different look on both types of hardwood flooring. It's best to consult a professional to find out which type of wood you are in the market for as well as the best floor finish for that type. For instance, white oak holds color and stain better than red, which may be a determining factor in your decision.
To find out more about hardwood flooring and speak to a professional about installation and options, call Gowdy Flooring today at (806) 353-6226. Browse our website to see our products and list of services, and find out more About Us. Send us an email with your questions or comments, or come in person to see our showroom, located at 5205 S. Coulter Street in Amarillo, Texas.