Oak flooring adds an air of warmth and tradition to any room and is one of the most popular species of hardwood flooring for homes near Chicago. Depending on the sawing technique used to cut the wood, oak can have a straight grain or a varied pattern of rays and flecks. Oak is also available in a “wormy grade”, which comes with knots and worm holes scattered across the surface for a more rustic appearance.

Oak’s neutral tones make it a popular choice for wood flooring Chicago because it can be stained to a nearly limitless number of hues. Both red and white oak rank high in the hardness scale, giving them added durability and resistance against scrapes and dents. (White oak ranks slightly higher, just below cypress and bamboo.) Because of its durability, oak flooring can withstand being refinished multiple times.

If you love the appearance of hardwood oak flooring but not the cost or maintenance of a traditional hardwood floor, consider choosing laminate or engineered wood flooring in an oak grain. You won’t get the durability of solid hardwood oak, but you’ll still be able to choose from a variety of shapes, styles, colors and widths. Let the experts at Floor Coverings International in Chicago help you choose the right oak flooring for your home.