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Top Reasons Oak Flooring Is the Hardwood of Choice

By Michael Hilton

There are so many types of hardwood flooring available today, it can be overwhelming to try and choose the right one for your home. Well, before you purchase the latest flavor of the month, which is usually some flooring made from a tropical and exotic wood species, consider the tried and true benefits of flooring made from oak.

Oak Flooring: Popular Hardwood with a Proven Track Record

  • Oak is a close grained hardwood and and its strong boards make flooring which is both durable and elegant. White oak is harder then red oak, although both species rate higher on the Janka hardness scale than North American cherry or walnut. Choosing oak for its long-lasting qualities is a smart move, because well installed oak floors can last for generations and old oak floors can easily be refinished to look like new.
  • Oak flooring can be an environmentally sound building product, especially if you purchase flooring which originated from trees harvested in the United States. Oak trees are manufactured into hardwood flooring throughout America, which means that you can purchase made-in-American flooring which does not require long, energy intensive shipping from other countries. There are also many flooring suppliers which sell oak flooring certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which is an independent organization which identifies wood products harvested in an environmentally sustainable manner.
  • Oak flooring is available in three different grades and several different styles, which means that there is a wide selection of oak flooring to choose from. There is probably a type of oak flooring which would go great in your style of home. Select grade oak which is quarter-sawn looks refined and classic and would complement an Arts and Craft style home, while circle-sawn character grade oak would be better suited for a rustic home or log cabin.
  • Oak flooring is available with a factory applied finish, which can help shorten the time it takes to install and can increase its durability underfoot. Both solid and engineered styles of flooring are made from oak, so you can install oak flooring in just about every room in your house, including your basement.

So when you are at the store staring at the endless list of available species of hardwood floors, remember these reasons why so many homeowners consistently choose oak flooring.

About the Author
Michael Hilton was the original creator of Carpet Buyers Handbook. Having owned and operated a carpet wholesale company, Hilton has a vast knowledge about all-things carpet related as well as other types of flooring.

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