Oak

Oak Hardwood Flooring

Long considered the flooring of choice for durability and function, no other species has been as consistently popular as oak hardwood flooring. Having been in demand for generations, it’s no surprise that the most desirable reclaimed flooring is engineered oak hardwood flooring.

Why Engineered Oak Wood Floors?

Historically, oak hardwood has a diverse resume of uses, stemming from wine barrels to being the wood of choice for the debate room in the House of Commons. Having a high tannin content makes oak very resistant to insect and fungal attack, which has kept it a popular construction choice for centuries.

Oak hardwoods organic appearance is one of the reasons it is a popular choice for a natural finish. Its grain is straight and has a coarse, uneven texture that shows character. Oak’s heartwood is a light to medium brown, and can blend in with its white to light brown sapwood for an even look.

The durability of oak wood flooring makes it an ideal choice for high-traffic areas. Scoring in the high 1300’s on the Janka hardness scale, oak hardwood flooring’s strength and consistency is on a par with maple hardwood flooring. Oak is one of the most stable hardwoods flooring species around and does not expand and contract easily with changes in temperature and moisture.

A pronounced grain pattern sets oak apart from other popular hardwoods, and unlike exotics, prefinished oak flooring does not experience color fade. Modern or rustic, engineered oak flooring is truly the most versatile of all hardwood species and can adapt to the look and function of any space.