Oak Hardwood Flooring

The beauty of Oak hardwood flooring. Oak hardwood flooring can be found in homes and businesses throughout the world. As popular as it is beautiful, Oak flooring adds rich warmth and character to any room. When choosing Oak hardwood flooring, you have a variety of options for woods, textures, stain colors and more. At Carlisle Wide Plank Floors, we are happy to answer all your questions and provide as much information as possible to help you decide whether Oak hardwood flooring is right for your space.

Carlisle: the premier provider of wide plank Oak hardwood flooring.

The Carlisle name has been associated with leadership, innovation and tradition in flooring fashion for more than half a century. As a global leader in wide plank flooring, we are dedicated to producing one-of-a-kind floors of exceptional quality“ true masterpieces that reflect the style and sophistication of each owner. Our New England craftsmen are true artisans“ they live and breathe woodworking and have a love for fine wood. No detail is too small or trivial to warrant their attention. From inspecting every board to ensuring your floor meets your exact specifications, our team is dedicated to providing you with a stunning wide plank floor that will delight you every time you enter the room. Our forest-to-floor ethic ensures that are wide plank Oak hardwood flooring can be produced sustainably. We partner with timber growers and sawyers who share our commitment to preserving natural resources while producing the finest floors available.

Exceptional service for designing and ordering Oak hardwood flooring.

When ordering Oak hardwood flooring or other wide plank floors in Carlisle, you can expect the level of service to be second to none. That’s because our entire team is dedicated to making the customer experience of designing a wide plank floor as pleasurable and exciting as living on it. From your first contact with our design team through placing your order and receiving your delivery, we’ll be with you every step of the way to offer guidance, provide expertise, answer questions and ensure every detail is perfect.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can Oak hardwood flooring be stained?

Oak is a porous wood that absorbs stain easily. At Carlisle, you have a virtually unlimited range of stains to choose from when coloring your oak floors.

What is reclaimed Oak hardwood flooring?

Reclaimed flooring is made from boards that are salvaged from old buildings, farms and factories to produce floors with a one-of-a-kind antique look. Reclaim floorboards retain all of the imperfections: splits, cracks, saw marks, nail holes, wormholes and even bullet holes that give them a sense of character and history.

What Is Rift and Quartersawn Oak hardwood flooring?

In addition to Red and White Oak hardwood flooring, Carlisle offers Rift and Quartersawn Oak floors with floorboards cut using special techniques that produce straighter and more consistent grain.

What is prefinished Oak hardwood flooring?

Prefinished Oak flooring arrives for installation already sanded, stained and sealed in Carlisle’s manufacturing facility. This allows home and business owners to forgo the mess and inconvenience of having to finish a floor on site. Traditionally, prefinished floors have been associated with a cheap or plastic appearance, but Carlisle has perfected a pre-finishing technique that makes prefinished Oak hardwood flooring look and feel just like floors that are finished on site.

What is distressed Oak hardwood flooring?

Distressed Oak floors are created by making new Oak floorboards look old. At Carlisle, we offer six techniques for distressing or texturing Oak hardwood flooring, including adding hand-scraped edges as well as saw marks that reproduce the look of boards cut and milled at early sawmills. We also offer proprietary techniques that give boards a look of wood that has been worn down by time, weather and foot traffic.

What is engineered Oak hardwood flooring?

Engineered flooring uses floorboards that are made from multiple layers of hardwood and other materials. Engineered Oak hardwood flooring has a top layer of Oak, glued to multiple layers of a backing material. (At Carlisle, we produce engineered Oak hardwood flooring with a Baltic Birch backing, producing a more stable floorboard.) These multiple layers make engineered Oak floors more stable and resistant to large changes in temperature and humidity such as you might find in basements, over radiant heat and when floors are installed on concrete slabs. While some engineered floors seem to lack the beauty and authenticity of solid wood floors, Carlisle engineered Oak hardwood flooring is virtually indistinguishable from solid Red Oak flooring or White Oak flooring.

How durable is Oak hardwood flooring?

Oak has a medium level of hardness, allowing it to be both durable and workable (easy to install). White Oak has a Janka hardness rating of 1350, while Red Oak is a little softer with a Janka rating of 1290.

What are the difference between Red and White Oak hardwood flooring?

Red and White Oak are two of the many different species of Oak trees and the two most common Oak hardwoods used for flooring. White Oak hardwood flooring is darker than Red Oak, with more brown undertones and grain features ranging from simple and sleek to intricate swirls. Red Oak hardwood flooring has more reddish undertones and wider grain lines that range from subtle waves to larger swirls and circles.

What is wide plank Oak hardwood flooring?

Wide plank Oak floors are simply Oak hardwood flooring made with floorboards that are much wider and longer than standard commercial flooring. A wide plank floor from Carlisle may use boards that are up to 20” in width and up to 14’ in length. The result is a floor that has greater sense of spaciousness, and one that lets the beauty of the wood and the personality of the grain emerge on every board. Wide plank Oak hardwood flooring adds elegance, luxury and character to any residential or commercial setting.

What is Oak hardwood flooring?

Oak hardwood flooring is made with strips of wood cut from Oak trees, a common hardwood species found throughout North America and the world. To make an Oak floor, Oak timber must be cut and milled to produce floorboards which can be affixed to a subsurface with nails, glue or staples. Like all hardwood floors, Oak flooring can be stained in a variety of colors or finished in its natural color.

Beyond Oak hardwood flooring: exploring all hardwood options.

In addition to Oak wood flooring, you’ll find a variety of other hardwood species available from Carlisle.

  • Ash hardwood flooring is incredibly dense and durable with unique grain patterns and interesting hues.
  • Birch flooring offers intriguing color tones and grain patterns that range from subtle swirls to flame-like effects.
  • Brown Maple hardwood floors feature rich hues of brown, gold and amber.
  • Cherry floors have a rich inviting warmth with lustrous dark red hues.
  • Hickory is amazingly tough and features hues from cocoa brown to beige.
  • Walnut is a sumptuous wood renowned for its complex grain patterns and rich chocolate hues with undertones ranging from purple to yellow.
  • White Maple is a dense and durable wood with smooth, soft flowing grain that produces stunning floors.
  • We also offer three types of pine floors: Eastern White Pine, Heart Pine and Hit or Miss Pine floors.