We all know that picking a hardwood can be tough. After all, there are hundreds of colors, species, and finishes to choose from. The most common domestic hardwood is oak. In fact, more than half of the hardwood found in American homes is either red or white oak. Although they share a name and a number of qualities, the two oaks are quite different. At Floor Coverings International Intown Atlanta, we help families in the greater Buckhead, Atlanta, Midtown area choose between the two. Read on for more information about what factors go into making the decision.

What’s in a name?

Let’s start with their similarities. Both oaks are strong and resistant to wear and tear. With Janka hardness scores of 1,290 (red) and 1,360 (white), they require little maintenance to last for generations. Red and white oak are also highly sustainable—they’re domestically grown and harvested by local wood growers.

Despite their shared moniker, these hardwood options have little in common when it comes to aesthetics.

Simple and Modern

White oak is the more popular of the two because of its simplicity. It’s tough to go wrong with white oak. With its subtle grain lines and smooth, subdued swirls, white oak hardwood works with any existing style. It’s particularly popular with modern or Scandinavian-inspired decors, but it works well in traditional homes.

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Rustic and Authentic

Red oak is lighter than white oak, ranging in color from amber to light brown with red undertones. It’s easy to identify red oak because of its wavy grain lines and exaggerated swirls. Less predictable from board to board than white oak, red oak is a great option for homeowners that are trying to achieve a rustic or rural aesthetic.

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Get Started Today

For more information about your hardwood flooring options, reach out to the local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Intown Atlanta today. We proudly serve the greater Buckhead, Atlanta, Midtown area.

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