There are many different species of Oaks available for hardwood flooring. The two that you are most likely familiar with are Red Oak and White Oak. Red Oak flooring is the more traditional choice of the two Oaks. Red Oak is popular for its light golden to reddish pink tones and its more unique and "wilder" grain patterns.
Oak hardwood flooring provides us with recognizable natural grain patterns, beautiful natural color and interesting natural character. It is also considered a "Greener" use of a National natural resource because it is readily available in the United States. It's carbon footprint is lower than that of exotic wood species like Brazilian Cherry or Tigerwood and because of forestry protection programs, Oak trees are constantly being replanted here in the U.S.
Red Oak Flooring | Known For Warm Tones
Red oak flooring, known for its warm tones and traditional looks, is one of the most popular hardwoods. It tends to have stronger graining than white oak hardwood and it the strong graining helps hide the scratches and dents.
Red oak is more common in stair treads, saddles, banisters and other transitions. If you have oak stair treads already in your home, chances are, they are red oak, so you may be better served matching that. If you need to get new stair treads or other transitions, they are usually more readily available in red oak.
Please Note | Matching Hardwood Flooring
Matching hardwood is a bit more complex than simply matching red oak. If you are unsure what type of flooring you have, it’s best to call in an hardwood flooring expert.
Also, bear in mind that you can stain both red oak and white oak flooring to be darker. They both accept the stain colors a bit different, so it’s important to test them on your floors. White oak tends to come out a bit darker and browner while red oak tends to come out a bit lighter and has a bit of red undertones. You tend to notice the red undertones more in red oak with lighter stains; the darker you go, the more it drowns out the pink/red.