Are you looking for a replacement for your worn carpeting or dilapidated wood flooring? When you head out to shop, you'll quickly find that there are several attractive options when it comes to new flooring. Hardwoods have long been a favorite, and oak is one of the classics. When marketing your home, hardwoods are recognized as a desirable feature and are well worth the investment.
Hardwood flooring used to have the unflattering reputation for being difficult to maintain. For a period of time, some homeowners would even carpet over existing wood floors because carpeting was more desirable. With modern accessories, maintaining your hardwood floors is a snap; and you can now enjoy the dependable beauty of nature in your home without the headaches.
Oak flooring is a hardwood that is harvested from the wood of oak trees. It has a distinct look with a unique grain that can be stained a variety of colors. Oak is a relatively common tree and that helps to make it more of an affordable choice than some of the other woods.
There are a few different species of oak.
· The northern red oak has more of a pinkish-tan color and only requires a clear sealant to create a rich attractive wood floor.
· Northern white oak is much cooler in color, and northern oak is more rustic.
· Oak hardwood flooring comes in three different styles: plank, strip, and parquet.
· Planks are longer and wider.
· Strips are also long, but thin in width.
· Parquet style are squares with a pattern in the center.
Maintaining your oak flooring is not the bear that it used to be. If a good-quality stain and seal are applied initially, simply cleaning with a dust-mop and appropriate wood cleaning solution will be all that is required. Over several years, the finish can become scratched, and the wood may need to be refinished. Request free estimates from prescreened contractors to install your new flooring.
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