Greensboro hardwood floorOak is one of the most popular hardwood flooring options in Greensboro. Our customers love its warmth and longevity. Native to North America, you get sustainable, locally grown hardwood when you choose oak. At Floor Coverings International Triad, many of our clients are surprised to learn that there are two distinct species of oak tree: red oak and white oak. Here are some of their major differences:


White oak is the darker variety, with colors ranging from beige to dark brown. Red oak is often amber or cream with pink to red undertones. Stains and finishes tend to remove subtle pinks from red oak, making it more difficult to identify.


The “hardness” of hardwood flooring is rated on the Janka hardness scale. This number is determined by measuring the force necessary to embed a steal ball into the side of a piece of wood. In terms of durability, White oak is the winner, with a Janka hardness rating of 1360. Red oak comes in at 1290.


Red oak is busier than white, with more prominent lines and swirls. White oak has a smoother, more contemporary look. Despite the lower Janka rating, many Greensboro homeowners choose red oak because it’s better at hiding dings and scratches.

Water Resistance

White oak is a closed grain wood. In fact, white oak has a long and celebrated nautical history because of its resilience to water. Red oak is more porous, making it more likely to absorb moisture. It is not advisable to allow standing water on any hardwood floor, regardless of species.

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