Throughout history, the oak is a common symbol of strength and endurance and has been chosen as the national tree of many countries. From Greek mythology to the Norsemen and many more, the oak was sacred and important. In the United States, a member of the US Army or Air Force earns multiple awards of the same medal, then instead of wearing a ribbon or medal for each award, he or she wears one metal representation of an “oak leaf cluster” attached to the appropriate ribbon for each subsequent award. There are additional ties to the white oak and US history. The USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned ship still afloat in the world, is made largely out of wood from the white oak.
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The white oak tree (Quercus Robur/Petrea) is a long-lived tree used for shade in landscapes, and it is one of the most widely used timber species in the United States. The tree is native to the Northern Hemisphere, and includes deciduous and evergreen species extending from cool temperate to tropical latitudes in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and North Africa. The White Oak tree can measure as tall as 150 feet and the average tree of this species grows between 80 and 100 feet high. The trunk’s diameter can exceed 4 feet and the tree takes on a broad round look when mature. On some individual white oak trees, the lower branches become gnarled and grow horizontal to the ground. The bark of a white oak could be ridged with some horizontal breaks. The bark is a great way to distinguish between a red and white oak. The red oak has a red center, visible between the ridges, while the white oak does not; it remains a white to gray-ashy color.
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The oak tree family is made up of hundreds of species and this hardwood species has been a staple tree in our society for centuries. Oak trees can live well over 200 years and provide hundreds of benefits including lumber and food for wildlife. Among all Oak species, the white oak forever earned its place as the "king of oaks" due to the strength and durability of the wood and its versatile use. The most commonly found White Oak species across the globe are: Quercus Robur, Quercus Petraea, Quercus Alba, Quercus Bicolor, Quercus Garryana, Quercus Aliena, Quercus Polymorpha, Quercus Arizonica, Quercus Lobata
White Oak Flooring is one of the most commonly used wood species in the market and there are many valid reasons for it. White oak flooring is perfect for setting a bright ambiance in different types of design projects from classy to a modern home. Wood species such as White Oak is tested on many different parameters such grain and aesthetics, hardness and durability, water resistance, staining, customization, price, use structure, equity and longevity to proof its credibility and White Oak definitely meets with approval. White Oak floor is a mid to high range price product. Its generally tends to be more expensive than Pine and Ash, similar to Maple, Cherry, Hickory and cheaper than Mahogany, Walnut, Tigerwood and Rosewood.
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Whats the difference between Red Oak v/s White Oak? This is a very common question most of us come across especially when we are looking into Oak flooring for a commercial design project or a home remodel/renovation. It can be hard to identify if a floor is Red Oak or White Oak floor as they look quite similar, especially if its a floor refinishing project during a remodeling project. However, there are many tips and tricks that you can keep in mind to differentiate between Red Oak v/s White Oak floor along with what makes them different in terms of work-ability, cost and use, grain pattern, characteristics etc.
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If you are in the market for flooring and decided to go for a white oak floor, you have already chosen a reliable and trustworthy wood product. Now you must be encountered with the question of which white oak floor is better- European or American? To answer this question we need to first understand what is the main difference between the white oak harvested in Europe compared to the white oak from North America. European and American white oak might look similar but they are much different in terms of color, grain pattern and how they absorb stains and finish.
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