In the States, oak grows abundantly, and as such, is widely available. Currently on the market, you can easily find many options, including several pre-finished or raw slats in a vast assortment of sizes, textures, and colors. Style-wise, oak is also available in hand-scraped, distressed, wire-brushed, reclaimed, antique, and new versions.
Durability and long lifespan
With a hardness rating at 1290, red oak, a very common type of oak, has essentially set the industry standard. Compared to other wood alternatives, oak is easy to install, hard-wearing, and is considered the ideal level of hardness. Scratches and dents aren’t much of an issue at this level of hardness, since oak is very resistant. This resistance, additionally, gives the planks more stability dimensionally. Thus, it resists warping well in areas with humidity and temperature fluctuations. As such, this means oak isn’t highly susceptible to gaps from expansion and contraction.
Refinishing is simple
As is common with wood planks, oak is indeed simple to refinish. Not only can you easily redo your entire room, but you can also stain and match a section of an area without much stress. And so, you can either give your floors a face-lift whenever you feel like it, or fix-up a problem area quickly. That’s because, since oak stains and absorbs varnish well, it’s relatively simple to re-stain and match the planks if you need to repair stains or minor damage.
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