It’s prized more now than ever, and became popular in the late 19th century when it was the standard, and it’s remained so ever since.
Oak was durable and stood up to repeated soap and water washing before shellac and surface finishing and was originally polished with the use of sand.
Floors for today with variety from the past
Most oak flooring is sold as just that – oak flooring.
And with 10 varieties of Red Oak, that’s just about all you need to know.
But there’s 10 varieties of White Oak too, and for some customers, the subtle differences in grain pattern and delicate saddle brown and smoky grey color is worth it’s higher cost, along with it’s narrower availability.
At WHOLE LOG LUMBER we give you reclaimed oak floor choices: Mixed Oak, Red or White Oak .
though most floors are created with a combination of red & white oak.
With a Carolina Character rustic floor style, the difference is barely noticeable except to a trained expert.
With Carolina Classic smooth oak floor styles, some customers do prefer antique white oak with it’s higher price but more complex brown & gray color tones.
Restoration and Renovations of antique wood flooring made easier
When restoring or renovating , having a supplier familiar with oak in it’s variations may be more important than with any other antique wood.