Homeowners in the greater Lexington area love hardwood flooring for its beauty, warmth, and classic design. With many varieties available to consumers, it can be tough to decide which wood is the right choice for your home. With just over a 50% share of the market, oak is by far the most popular hardwood variety in the US. Below, our team of hardwood experts at Floor Coverings International Lexington take a closer look at red oak flooring. Learn more and see if it’s the hardwood for you!

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Characteristics

Red oak is a light-colored hardwood with red and pinkish hues. If you love the look of natural wood with beautifully unique grain, then red oak is the flooring for you! Compared to other natural woods with straight wood grain, red oak has a prominent grain structure with bold swirls that add visual intrigue to any space. Another feature that makes oak such a popular flooring choice is its hardness, which provides you with strong, long-lasting floors.

Design

Solid red oak planks are available in a variety of lengths and widths and the surface of the wood takes stains nicely. Its intricate grain pattern also provides a unique contrast that plays well with a variety of stain colors and finishing options. Unfinished, red oak is often lighter in color than white oak, which tends to give off brown or grey undertones. The warm undertones in red oak will certainly add a rich and welcoming feeling to you home. With or without stain, red oak’s more porous surface requires a properly sealed finish to help protect the wood from moisture and wear.

Affordable and Long-Lasting

Red oak is one of the most popular and cost-effective ways to bring hardwood floors to your home. Although there are harder woods available on the flooring market, homeowners love red oak for its durability and more affordable price tag. As a solid plank, red oak can also be sanded and refinished multiple times, so you can be sure to have beautiful wood floors that last a lifetime.

If you are ready to learn more about having red oak or other hardwood floors installed in your home, contact your local flooring experts at [franchise_location_name) today. Schedule your free, in-home design consultation and we’ll bring our mobile showroom right to your door and provide you with a stress-free flooring project, from start to finish!

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