Wide Plank White Oak Flooring
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. A much colder climate contributes to a much lighter wood, and that’s what we’ve seen been used in older houses.
Today’s White Oak
Nowadays White oak wide plank flooring is sourced mostly from the Central Unites States, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana as well as further south. The most reputable mill is actually located in Ohio. I will not disclose the brand, but all over the internet Wide Plank Oak flooring is being sold for as high as 7 or 8 dollars per Sq. Ft. . Don’t be silly. Make sure the White Oak you buy, finished or unfinished like in this case comes from a reputable mill. Here at thewoodfloorsource.com we have been buying truckloads from the same mills in Kentucky and Tennessee for ever. We really specialize in Unfinished Wide Plank White Oak flooring.
Some of the available choices are:
- Wide Plank Unfinished White Oak
- Wide Plank Unfinished White Oak -Character Grade
- Wide Plank Unfinished White Oak – Quartersawn
- Wide Plank Unfinished Red Oak
- Wide Plank Unfinished White Oak – Rift and Quartered
- Wide Plank Unfinished Red Oak – Rift and Quartered
- Wide Plank Unfinished American Walnut – Rift and Quartered
- Wide Plank Unfinished American Walnut
Little do you know you can achieve such beauty for $3.69…3.89 per sq. ft…
The Magic of Stain
So what happen when we stain it? White Oak stained dark, 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 the red hue it is always in the way, White Oak creates the perfect stain partner. It is very widely used in this way..
We like to focus 3 and 4 inches wide all the way to very wide format 5, 6 and even 8″ inches. Wide Plank White Oak comes with varying lengths some as long as 10′ 12′ feet long in a variety of different grades, from Character grade to 2 common, 1 common, Select, and Select and better. You see this kind of wide format installation in a lot of the fancy houses toward Weston, Wayland, Newton, Brookline, all around the Boston area, stately mansions with gorgeous rich dark wide format floors.