Oak flooring adds an air of warmth and tradition to any room and is one of the most popular species of hardwood flooring for Chicago area homes. Depending on the sawing technique used to cut the wood, oak can have a straight grain or a varied pattern of rays and flecks. Oak is also available in a “wormy grade”, which comes with knots and worm holes scattered across the surface for a more rustic appearance.

Oak’s neutral tones make it a popular choice for wood flooring in Wheaton, Naperville, and the surrounding suburbs because it can be stained to a nearly limitless number of hues. Both red and white oak rank high in the hardness scale, giving them added durability and resistance against scrapes and dents. (White oak ranks slightly higher, just below cypress and bamboo.) Because of its durability, oak flooring can withstand being refinished multiple times.

Some popular stained hues of red oak:

 Butterscotch
butterscotch colored oak floor sample
 Cherry
cherry colored oak floor sample
 Gunstock
gunstock oak floor sample
 Honey
 Natural
natural oak floor sample
 Saddle
saddle color oak floor sample

If you love the appearance of hardwood oak flooring but not the cost or maintenance of a traditional hardwood floor, consider choosing laminate or engineered wood flooring in an oak grain. You won’t get the durability of solid hardwood oak, but you’ll still be able to choose from a variety of shapes, styles, colors and widths. Let the experts at  Floor Coverings International of Wheaton & Naperville help you choose the right oak flooring for your home. Schedule a free flooring design consultaton today.

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