Oak Flooring Denver, CO
Choosing Red Oak or White Oak
Want a floor that is as strong as oak? Our team of flooring experts at MacDonald Hardwoods specialize in oak flooring. Oak has a reputation for being a strong, hard wood. The two main types used for our oak flooring are referred to as White Oak and Red Oak, and although they are similar, they have a few characteristics that are worth comparison.
Red Oak Characteristics
- Color & Grain. Color has a reddish tint, and an open, coarse grain to it.
- Stability & Durability. Red Oak is less durable than White Oak, but is still very dense as well as stiff. Due to excellent shock resistance, it doesn’t develop wear easily.
White Oak Characteristics
- Color & Grain. Can be light brown, white or off-white, and may even have a minute amount of pink or gray to it. The grain has longer, open rays as well as knots or swirling patterns.
- Stability & Durability. White Oak is 1% more stable and 5% harder than Northern Red Oak, so is more durable. Due to tannic acid, White Oak is protected from insects and fungi.