An oak wood floor is a home décor choice that adds beauty to many settings. The wood has a traditional appearance that presents itself with familiar marks and grain, and yet each piece of flooring is individual in its beauty. For many people, oak is what they imagine when they think about hardwood floors.
Why Oak Wood Floors Are So Popular
Oak wood floors remain popular because they can fit into so many styles. The fact that oak is considered traditional means that it enhances many home and furniture choices. Equally important, oak can be stained in a variety of hues and it is versatile.
In addition to its look, oak ranks at 1290 on the Janka scale. We’ve talked about the Janka scale in other posts, and explained it is the measure of how hardy a wood is. It is a factor all buyers should consider when making flooring decisions. Oak’s ranking indicates it will be successful with active, busy families.
Other Considerations Include Style and Budget
Because oak is so popular, there are a variety of widths available giving you options for the décor. Narrow widths, 2 ¼” or 3”, are what many people think of as a traditional hardwood look. Wider planks present a different look and can help scale a room.One final choice is whether you want hardwood, or engineered (laminated) oak. While both might look the same in a room, there are multiple factors to consider when you make your choice. These factors include budget and room use.
All of these choices – the color of the stain, the width of the planks, and whether you want hardwood or engineered flooring – are individual choices which don’t have a 100% right or wrong factor. Instead, when considering oak wood floors, the best place to start is to understand your lifestyle, the home where it is being placed, and the advice of your flooring professional.
There are a variety of excellent laminate flooring options for you to consider. However, like any significant choice in your home décor, be sure that you consider the practical aspects as well. Not sure where to start? Help is here.
Laminate Flooring and Your Lifestyle
Lifestyle has significant influence on your laminate flooring choice. There is a lot of wear and tear in the home of an active family with children, pets and activities. So, if your home is where the kids pile in after sports, or if there are multiple pets, keep in mind that light-colored floors show drips, spills and tracked-in dirt right away. Darker floors tend to show dust, “dust bunnies,” and animal hair.
Also take lifestyle into consideration when choosing the pattern, style and thickness of the planks that you choose.
The upshot: if you are decorating for a high-activity home, consider the mid-range of hues. Also consider the use of patterned flooring that looks like natural stone or other textures.
Flooring in a Room Remodel
If you are adding a room or remodeling a specific area, consider how the floor will look with the existing hallways and rooms. It is not necessary to match exactly, though that is always an option, but you do want a harmonious look throughout. You also want the floor to have the same sound and feel as the rest of the house. Thicker boards sound more natural, so consider boards that are 8mm (.32 in.) up to 12mm (.48 in.). Talk to your flooring professional about the thickness that is most durable for the activity in your household.
Ready to love your laminate flooring? The versatility and budget considerations are significant. Just be sure to do your homework up front and you’ll find yourself on solid footing for years to come.