Monday, December 5, 2011

We're Solid As Oak - But How Solid Is Oak, Anyway?

If you've been on the Fantastic Floor website lately, you may have noticed one of our catchphrases: "We're solid as oak". And if you're familiar with oak flooring already, you probably know why we take pride in that statement. But we also understand that not everyone is familiar with the ins-and-outs of the hardwood flooring industry. That's why we decided to explain just exactly what makes oak flooring so solid, and why we're confident in drawing the comparison.
Red Oak Flooring

Oak has been a domestic flooring standard in the U.S. for years, and for good reason: It is strong enough to withstand years of heavy foot traffic and still look great. One of the reasons for this is its Janka hardness rating. Janka hardness is a way to measure how much pressure a species of wood can withstand before denting or giving in to the weight. The Janka hardness rating of oak flooring is between 1,290 lbs and 1,360 lbs, depending on whether you are using red oak flooring or white oak flooring. This hardness has served as the industry standard for years.

Not only is oak flooring hard, it is also very durable. It is one of the densest domestic hardwoods you can buy, and if properly acclimated, it will resist bending and warping for years. This means you can count on a new oak floor to be around for as long as you and your family need it.

Not only is oak flooring strong and long-lasting, but it also is a beautiful complement to almost every design scheme. You can choose from red oak, which has subtle red and brown heartwood and a consistent grain, or white oak, which is full of white and yellow tones that give it a crisp, clean feel. Both varieties nicely match almost any existing decor and are perfect for homeowners who are expecting to change their home design scheme sometime in the future.

Combined, the versatility, dependability, and strength of oak flooring makes it a solid choice for any homeowner. Likewise, Fantastic Floor offers versatile flooring choices, dependable products, and the strongest customer service team you can find online. Visit and you'll see why we pride ourselves in being as solid as oak.

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