What are the advantages of Oak Hardwood Floors for your home in Pound Ridge NY?
Why is oak hardwood flooring so popular?
1. Oak flooring is very affordable since it's grown in the US and is abundant. Oak hardwood tends to be less expensive compared to the other species (such as maple, hickory, brazilian cherry, etc). And, in Pound Ridge NY, it's very readily available to get unfinished oak hardwood flooring. Often, unfinished oak flooring (that is refinished and stained on-site) is a bit less expensive than prefinished oak, especially as you go wider in the plank size.
2. Oak flooring is the standard of hardness, and oak tends to hide scratches well. On the Janka hardness scale, red oak has a hardness of 1290. While there are many woods that are harder than oak, all hardwood scratches and dents...and because of oak's strong graining pattern, it tends to hide the scratches and the dents better.
3. Oak flooring is easy to refinish and it accepts stains very well. With oak, you can go very light (e.g. natural or golden oak), all the way to a very ebony, or anywhere in between. You can do brown tones or red tones, pending your preference. It's easy to change the color down the road if have a change in heart color-wise, or if you are moving into a new home. You can go from light to dark and back to light again, pending on your preference. Oak accepts stains much more easily vs. pine or maple flooring.
4. Many customers want to extend and match the hardwood they already have for a consistent and larger look (and usually oak is the flooring that is already in the home). Often, our customers in Pound Ridge want to add oak to an extra couple of rooms (or even to the whole 2nd floor) and they would like to match the color and graining to what they already have. By doing this, it makes your space look larger and more coherent. Also, oak hardwood flooring tends to match the other hardwood you have in the home (e.g. stair treads, banisters and other trim.
Other useful information on Oak flooring and hardwood stain colors:
There are 2 species of oak - red oak and white oak. You can read more about the differences between Red Oak and White Oak flooring in this link.
You can read more about trends in stain colors in this article: Hardwood flooring stain color trends.
Here's a link for the Minwax stain colors.
If you live in Pound Ridge NY and you are interested in adding oak hardwood flooring or refinishing your oak floors, give The Flooring Girl a call at 914-937-2950.