Welcome to the S&G Carpets and More Blog where you will find valuable information about carpeting, hardwood laminate and vinyl flooring. We cover everything from how to shop for flooring for your home or office, the basic care for your flooring, and even information on what spaces are perfect for hardwood, carpeting, laminate or vinyl flooring.
The Benefits of Red Oak Flooring
When most people think of oak hardwood flooring, red oak styles come to mind. This classic hardwood boasts light golden to pink coloring with reddish tones. It is beloved for its wide grain pattern and for the unique variations in this pattern. Unlike some hardwoods, red oak boasts a rustic air while still holding classic appeal. It performs well in both historic and contemporary homes.
Homeowners who choose red oak can complement this beautiful flooring with furnishings, upholstery and draperies that pick up on its warm tones. Its reddish hue makes it perfect for use in areas with fireplaces and other warm lighting. Red oak is available in a variety of board widths, but 3 1/4 inch boards tend to be the most popular with today’s consumers.
The Benefits of White Oak Flooring
Even harder than red oak, white oak is a striking flooring choice that boasts warm, golden-brown tones. This type of oak tends to have a finer grain and more repetitive pattern than red oak. Thanks to its overall hardness, white oak is also reputed to stain more uniformly than red oak. This makes white oak a great choice for homeowners who want to enjoy the classic beauty of oak while adding a touch of custom color.
Homeowners who choose white oak can complement this lovely flooring with furnishing, upholstery and draperies in any tone that matches their chosen stain. Cool colors and lighting choices tend to bring out the best in white oak. Like red oak, the most popular board width today is 3 1/4 inches, though other widths are also available.
Hardwood flooring is among the most beautiful, durable options available to homeowners. Many choose hardwood floors because they know that they’ll add a classic touch to their homes and will withstand wear and tear for years to come. Hardwood floors have also become increasingly popular because they’re available in a wide variety of species, widths and colors.
Of course, choosing the right hardwood flooring for your home is about more than just aesthetics. You’ll also need to think about the amount of traffic the flooring will see and which species will best meet your needs. If you’re looking for incredibly durable hardwood floors that are proven to stand the test of time, oak from S&G Carpet and More may be the right choice for you.
Why Choose Oak Flooring?
There’s no doubt that oak is one of the most classic hardwood flooring choices in America. Oak is a beautiful wood that can add warmth to any space, and oak flooring is available in both solid hardwood and engineered hardwood forms. There are also several different species of oak available, meaning that homeowners can choose a color and look that meets their needs.
However, there’s a lot more to oak flooring than just the obvious aesthetic value. Oak is one of the hardest of all available hardwoods, meaning that it offers the best in durability. Red oak, the species against which most other hardwoods are judged, has a Janka Hardness Scale rating of 1,290 while white oak has a hardness rating of 1,360.
In addition to durability, both red and white oak offer serious designer style. Know more about the advantages of using red and white oak in the coming posts! Stay tuned.
Using oak flooring is not only stylish,
Oak remains a popular choice, but many flooring companies and homeowners are now moving towards other exotic species as well. These woods offer durability comparable to oak but are available in an array of colors and styles to meet the aesthetic demands of every homeowner. Many of these styles are also considered ecologically sustainable, making them a favorite among green-minded builders and homeowners who prefer to opt for more traditional hardwoods in place of newer materials such as bamboo and cork.
Many shoppers have heard of these exotic hardwood choices but worry that they are simply outside their price range. Thankfully, exotics are becoming more and more affordable every day thanks to increased popularity and production. Because they also tend to mature in a relatively short amount of time, exotic species are considered a green-friendly alternative to other flooring products. If you’re ready to shop for exotic species of hardwood, keep these classic-but-trendy choices in mind.
Exotic Cherry Hardwood
Cherry trees have a relatively short maturation time and offer some of the most unique, beautiful wood available in the U.S. Cherry isn’t as hard as oak or maple, but it is still incredibly durable. This species also offers unique, reddish tones ideal for contemporary homes.
Exotic Hickory Hardwood
Like oak, hickory takes a long time to mature. However, it is considered one of the hardest of the hardwood flooring options available and can provide for decades of use. The naturally warm tones of hickory also make it a popular choice.
Exotic Walnut Hardwood
Naturally dark, walnut tends to be slightly harder than cherry wood and is another classic American choice. Black walnut is one of the most popular varieties used for flooring in the U.S., but other walnut species are offered to suit the needs of homeowners.
Hardwood flooring is a durable, classic choice for any home or office. Of course, shopping for hardwood flooring isn’t as simple as picking up the phone and placing an order for the square footage needed to fill your space. As with any other flooring choice, you’ll need to choose the wood species you’d like to use in your home. Among the most popular choices today are exotic species.
For decades, oak flooring has more or less been what was meant when homeowners talked about hardwood flooring. Oak is incredibly durable and lovely, which makes it a top choice. However, new design trends mean that oak’s golden tones aren’t always desirable.
Exotic Maple Hardwood
Maple flooring is available in a wide variety of finishes including natural and darker shades. Maple is a classic American choice that can complement any decor or architectural style. It is also considered a sustainable choice because it matures relatively quickly and has a proven track record of durability.
Exotic Oak Hardwood
Perhaps the most classic of all hardwood flooring choices, oak is still popular because of its warmth and durability. While it does take decades for an oak tree to mature, this type of flooring has a proven track record of durability and is still present in many turn-of-the-century homes.
More exotic hardwood flooring options in the next post. Stay tuned!
Shopping for hardwood flooring is now very easy. There are dozens of different wood species and materials to choose from.
Scraped Hardwood Floors
For homeowners who want to choose hardwood floors because of their natural appearance, scraped floors are a great choice. Scraped hardwood floors are carefully contoured by hand to show off the natural imperfections of every plank of wood. They are available in dozens of species and colors and are available in engineered and solid hardwood styles.
Distressed Hardwood Floors
If you want your floors to have that lived-in look, distressed hardwood flooring may be the best choice for your home. These floors have been specially stained and treated to create a distressed appearance without undermining the durability or quality of the flooring. They are available in many different species.
Floating Hardwood Floors
If you’re looking for a do-it-yourself hardwood option, floating floors should be at the top of your list. Each plank is fitted together without the help of nails, glue or expensive tools. Flooring is then laid directly over the subfloor. Floating hardwood floors are a particularly good choice in moisture-prone areas as they can be installed over a moisture barrier.
Glued-Down Hardwood Floors
As their name suggests, these types of floors are composed of solid planks that are applied over a layer of glue. Glued-down hardwood floors provide for excellent durability, but they can be difficult for some homeowners to install. Opt for glued-down floors in areas that aren’t prone to moisture for the best results.