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Why White Oak Is a Popular Choice for Hardwood Flooring

Inherent beauty, flexibility, versatility, and durability are a few of the key features to the ongoing popularity of White Oak as an excellent choice for hardwood flooring that will work in any home.

White Oak - Wrought Iron from the Samuel Lee Collection

Beauty

White Oak has very appealing grain markings, particularly when quarter-sawn, demonstrating a beautiful, light color and a prominent grain. The natural coloring of White Oak ranges from golden/browns to gray undertones. Because of the harder grain, White Oak flooring takes stain colors very evenly. White Oak is an excellent floor for various treatments including stains, carbonizing, fuming, whitewash, grey wash, and more. The options are limitless.

White Oak - Tiger's Eye from the SW Collection

Flexibility

White Oak hardwood flooring features moderate linear graining with moderate color variations. White Oak has a natural beauty that doesn’t require stain to appreciate the texture. Unstained flooring can give a natural and rustic feel to a space, so leaving your floor unstained might be a good option if it fits the theme of your home or a particular room. When a natural finish or oil is applied to White Oak wood, the variations and contrasts of the material shine through, creating a beautiful, natural feature.

White Oak – Alpine from the Samuel Lee Collection

Versatility

With White Oak, you have the option of rift and quartered sawing that maximizes the amount of vertical grain in the board. Cutting the boards in this manner also increases the consistency of color in the board to make a floor that has less variation. Utilizing other sawing techniques, such as Eurosawn, French Cut, and Center Cut, will reveal even more of the versatile beauty of White Oak.  Learn more about the different sawing options HERE.

White Oak – Stout from the SW Collection

Durability

Whether you have a busy house filled with children and pets or your home is less chaotic, you want your floor covering to last a long time. In the realm of hardwood floors, domestic White Oak scores a 1360 rating for its hardness and durability on the Janka scale, which measures the resistance of a sample of wood to denting and wear. The higher the number, the harder the wood, therefore, the longer lifespan of the wood. For comparison, Mesquite has a Janka rating of 2345 and Southern Yellow Pine a rating of 690. Hardness is not the only concern when it comes to durability in a hardwood floor, however. Due to its raised grain pattern, White Oak hides scratches better than other harder woods. When you install White Oak hardwood floors, you can be confident that your floor will last for many years to come.

White Oak - Almond Toast from the Sionna Collection

Because of its great inherent beauty, flexibility, versatility, and durability, White Oak is an excellent way to add a touch of traditional atmosphere to your home.


Every newly crafted Shannon & Waterman wide plank floor has its beginnings in our family-owned, old growth forests. For generations, we have masterfully managed our forests for true sustainability—ensuring that we always have the mature trees necessary to supply the densely grown, stable, and generously proportioned wood to create the floors of your dreams. In addition, many of our products are FSC® certified.

The Complete Shannon & Waterman White Oak Collection can be viewed here: S&W Oak Floors