About White Oak Hardwood Flooring
White Oak is the state tree of Connecticut, Illinois, and Maryland. Connecticut’s state quarter was minted with a picture and inscription of a famous White Oak tree, The Charter Oak.
White Oak is strong, beautiful, rot-resistant, easy-to-work, and economical, representing an exceptional value to woodworkers. It’s no wonder that the wood is so widely used in cabinet and furniture making. Rated as very durable; frequently used in boatbuilding and tight cooperage applications.
- Grades: Select, Character
- Widths: Up to 19”
- Lengths: Up to 16’
- Cuts: Plain Sawn, Rift and Quartersawn, Riftsawn
- End-matched: Up to 12″
- FSC Certified
- Available in engineered wood and solid wood.
Also offered in FSC-Certified Reclaimed Wood.
What is the difference between Character, Select and Premium grade?
Premium grade wood contains very even grain patterns, and similar characteristics of the flow throughout the flooring. These patterns create a very gentle difference in the floor. This is often the highest quality and more desirable style. Check out this example of premium grade flooring from Houzz.
Select grade flooring is a combination of Premium and Character grades. You’ll get minimal knots, and much less variation in wood grain patterns. This is the most common style of flooring you’ll find.
Check out our other types of hardwood and wide plank flooring.
What is spalting?
Spalting is discoloration in the wood from fungi. This is generally desirable patterns that are not reproducible.
What does End-matched mean?
End-matched means that all sides of the wood have a tongue or groove cut into it. This creates a pattern that lets the installation go faster, and also keeps your floor tightly connected after installation. You won’t have any nails on the surface of the floor, and the floor itself becomes like one solid piece of wood that moves together throughout the seasons.