Oak Wood Flooring – The Floor For Any Style Space

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Oak Wood Flooring – The Floor For Any Style Space

There is probably no wood floor available today that is more versatile than oak wood flooring.  Some people don’t realize just how versatile oak wood flooring is, but, after today, you will.

HISTORY

Oak flooring has been around since the 1600’s.  It was the flooring of choice in homes, estates and castles throughout Europe both as plank flooring and as parquet and pattern flooring. Both styles remain extremely popular today. Oak flooring was popular during this era for the same reasons that people love it today – durability and versatility.  Back then installing a floor in a home wasn’t a weekend project.  Craftsmen worked tirelessly for months to hand cut, craft and install the flooring 0- much of which is still in place today.  Installing stately oak flooring patterns came to known as a sign of wealth and affluence since it cost so much more time, labor, and money to create the look.  It is no wonder it is seen in seen in some of the most magnificent homes and castles throughout Europe.

Although there are many more varieties of flooring available now like Pine flooring, Hickory flooring, Walnut flooring and Antique floor, good style never dies.  Oak wood flooring remains a staple in the modern world of flooring today and just as popular.

TYPES OF OAK FLOORING

Oak wood flooring offers many aesthetic and structural benefits so its popularity comes as no surprise. Oak wood flooring is cut in three ways – plainsawn, quartersawn and riftsawn.  Plainsawn, the most popular and common cut of flooring has a strong grain pattern resembling ovals of prominent grain lines throughout the boards. Flooring made from the Quartersawn or Riftsawn styling is going to çreate an oak floor with more vertical grain lines.   Plainsawn Oak flooring is the most popular due to its lower cost, it is easier to stain and is available in wider widths and longer lengths. 

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STAINS & COLORS

Oak wood flooring accepts just about any style or color stain, from the light Whitewash pigments to the darker Jacobean hues.  In the “old days” these colors were created from products like Milkpaint, tobacco leaves, tung oil, lindseed oil and other natural substances occurring throughout property and plantation.  Back then, those finishes would have been hand rubbed into the wood and wax was often used to seal the flooring.   Wax is one of the least desirable finishes for a floor, given that it is quite difficult to maintain and requires constant recoating, but luckily, we have discovered more advanced and efficient ways to create wood floor stains and finishes to make the flooring easy to care for.

OAK WOOD FLOOR ALTERNATIVES

Although oak wood flooring is very popular, there are other ways to create the look of oak flooring, but save money.  Two ways to do this are to use wide plank laminate flooring and wide plank vinyl flooring.  Wide plank laminate flooring is an ingenious way to create that oak flooring look, but utilize more of the resource.  Rather than using a solid piece of oak flooring to make the floor, they use a thinner layer of wood and attach it to the top of a subfloor backing.  You can learn more about the popularity of vinyl flooring here.

Wide plank vinyl flooring is slightly different. It takes a photo of an oak floor and then copies it onto a substrate or backing giving the effect of Oak flooring.  Since this is a photo of a floor and not a real floor there are several factors you want to research and understand before choosing a floor. This blog post can help you navigate that information.

ALL THE STYLES

Do you still need convincing of how versatile oak flooring is?

Check out these projects.  They all feature Oak wood flooring, or an alternative to Oak flooring.

 

Wide Plank Laminate Flooring, Long Island Oak Flooring, Largo Collection

Long Island Oak Light

Wide Plank Vinyl Flooring, Beach House, Everwood Premier Collection

Beach House

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