White Oak Plank

White Oak plank
White Oak is very misunderstood. I am referring at the striking disconnect between how beautiful White Oak flooring can be and how inexpensive it is. I am talking about the ultimate paradox in flooring. Yes white Oak is totally misunderstood. White oak is a beautiful tree, and the wood that comes from it makes exceptionally durable flooring, But unlike it’s most famous cousin the Red Oak, it does not have any of those more golden, and reddish tones everybody, specially in the Northeast find so appealing…. No instead White Oak sports some more subdued light brown, yellowish, and even sometimes greenish undertones.
Way back in ancient times…White Oak was as plentiful as Red Oak
and there was no real strong distinction between the two like there is today..even in color. Sometime when remodeling a house one has to take advantage of a chemical test to even tell them apart. Well that’s how it was years ago, like 30, 50, or more when more northern species were used, while today we source most of our commercial woods from the south of the United States. So a little bit of the mystery revealed..A much colder climate contributes to a much lighter wood, and that’s what we’ve seen been used in older houses. Today instead we source most of our White Oak from the south..Southern White. Yes Southern White is browner and darker, …so don’t try to mix the two.

Did i say paradox? So what happen when we stain it?
I say the unthinkable happen, the unappealing light brown undertones, become the perfect foil for all kinds of dark stains, coffee, cappuccino, dark chocolates and ebonies. While it’s cousin Red Oak has a basic problem with stains because […]

By |August 23rd, 2012|Front|Comments Off

How to Stain Wood Floors

How to Stain Hardwood Floors
As you know Staining your Hardwood Floor is a vast subject requiring a lot of research and knowledge and experience..some beyond my pay grade. I will say this that I will try my best.
From the contractor point of view
practices between contractors. Some absolutely love to stain Hardwood Flooring, they are good at it and they are able to offer custom colors to customers giving them the effect of very exotic Hardwood Species, and they are able to charge appropriately for their work. Other unfortunately hate staining Hardwood Floors, they see it as a hassle and a common source of complaints from their customers. Either way all reputable contractors should be very proficient at Staining.

So what are these customer concerns?
To properly answer this question we refer to the Experts at Hardwood Floor Magazine From the revered NWFA

A good stain job is only as good as the sanding job that came before it. Wood flooring contractors who have done natural floors for years without a problem often find that they need to take their sanding skills to the next level in order to get an acceptable stain job. Any imperfection left by the sander will be highlighted once the floor is stained. Everything from drum marks to edger marks to screen marks seem to come alive with added color on the floor.

One of the most common problems caused by sanding is known as “picture-framing” or the “halo” effect. This is evident when a floor looks like one color in the field and another—lighter or darker—around the room’s perimeter. The effect is caused by a difference in sanding grits and/or sanding patterns used in the field and around the edge of the […]

By |August 12th, 2012|Front|Comments Off