Of the many types of wood flooring options available today, we receive the most requests for oak hardwoods by far. That’s not a coincidence; oak has shown itself to be an excellent and reliable choice in flooring for centuries. Let’s explore five reasons why oak is the flooring of choice for so many homeowners.
1. Oak Hardwoods Are Very Durable
Oak is one of the “hardest” hardwoods available on the market, and because it is in abundant supply, it’s also one of the more affordable hardwood choices. Its density means it holds up well over time—in fact, it’s not uncommon for oak floors to last for more than 100 years with proper care.
2. Oak Is Very Versatile
Oak is available in a wide array of styles, shades and finishes, so it enhances both modern and traditional designs equally well. Its attractive grain is also very conducive to color and staining, so oak hardwoods are available in a nearly unlimited palette of shades and colors. Whatever your home calls for, chances are we can prepare an oak floor to match it.
3. Oak Offers Timeless Appeal
With all the varying home design trends that change with the seasons, the great thing about oak is it never goes out of style. A new oak floor today will be just as popular in 10-20 years as it is now—just as it was 40-50 years ago. For that reason, homes with oak flooring tend to hold or increase their value better. (Hint: If you’re planning to sell, oak floors are a great way to add value.)
4. Oak Is Resistant to Damage
Not only will your oak hardwoods hold up well against heavy foot traffic—they’ll also hold up well against “nature” itself. Oak is naturally resistant to common enemies like termites and fungus, which means with proper care, you’ll spend less money on repairs and replacement in the long run.
5. Oak Improves with Age
Think of oak as the “wine” of hardwoods—it mellows and looks richer as it ages. This is not only why a well-cared for oak floor can last for more than a century—it’s also why 200-year-old reclaimed oak floors can easily cost more than new hardwoods! If you want a floor that just gets better over time—oak is your best bet.
Of course, there are many other great hardwoods from which to choose, and each has its own set of advantages. But if you’re looking for an excellent all-around flooring choice that will stand the test of time, you can’t do much better than quality oak hardwoods. If you’re a homeowner or builder in Tulsa, Glenpool, Sand Springs, Catoosa or other parts of Green Country, we’re here to meet your hardwood flooring needs. Give Renaissance a call for a free estimate at 918-298-4477.