white oak hardwood in Downers Grove

Oak is a timeless and reliable hardwood flooring choice for homeowners in Downers Grove. In fact, oak is the most popular hardwood flooring choice in the country—almost 50% of all hardwood floors are made from oak. At Floor Coverings International Downers Grove, we often suggest oak flooring because it’s both versatile and durable. Oak hardwood is widely available in two varieties: red oak and white oak. While both are great, we’re going to focus on the benefits of white oak.


What is White Oak?

White oak is domestically sourced hardwood flooring that’s widely available in the eastern half of North America. White oak’s unique pale coloration paired with its durable surface makes it a great hardwood choice for homeowners in Downers Grove. It has a Janka hardness rating of 1335, which makes it denser than cherry, walnut, and even red oak.


white oak hardwood in Downers GroveIn the Home

White oak’s strength and neutral coloration makes it a great hardwood flooring choice in almost every area of the home. It works well in high traffic areas like stairwells, entryways, living rooms, dining rooms, and even the kitchen. White oak can be stained or finished to closely match your décor. Finished white oak better highlights the subtle swirled grain pattern.


Though white oak floors are relatively easy to maintain, there are several key things to remember. First, be sure to keep water away as that can warp your floor; clean up spills immediately when they occur. Second, it’s important to establish a regular cleaning routine. We recommend sweeping or dry mopping your white oak hardwood floor a couple times a week. Finally, we suggest having your floor professionally sanded and refinished about once a decade. This important process removes the surface scratches and dents that build up over time and adds a fresh coat of finisher. With these three steps, your white oak hardwood floor will last for generations!


Start Today!

We partner with leading brands to offer a wide selection of hardwood at competitive prices. Are you interested in installing white oak hardwood flooring in your Downers Grove home? The friendly experts at Floor Coverings International Downers Grove are here to help! Call us today for a complimentary consultation and visit from our mobile showroom. We proudly serve the Downers Grove, Bolingbrook, and Woodridge area.


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