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What We Love About Oak Floors

Our White Oak flooring in the natural grade, Frye Boot flagship store, Spring Street, lower Manhattan.

1. Oak Takes Stain Really Well

The pores in Oak are more open to receiving stains than those of other woods, so your Oak floors can easily be stained to match any color scheme– you can go natural, pickled white, dark espresso, or anything in between.

2. Oak is Plentiful, Durable, and Beautiful

Renowned for their strength and longevity, Oaks grow in all the temperate climates of the world and provide shade, beauty, mast for wildlife, and lumber. There are over 60 species of Oak in the United States. Northern Red and White Oak, grown in the northeastern United States, are especially prized for their superior strength and tight grain—the result of shorter growing seasons and colder weather. Oak floors are eye-pleasing and practical; in fact, they account for 2/3 of all new wood flooring installations in the United States and Europe.

3. Oak is Tough

Oak is very wear-resistant so it makes an extremely durable wood floor that holds up well to the highest levels of foot traffic.

4. Oak Has a Distinguished History

Traditionally used for the frame and planking of ships and for timber framing, Oak has a natural ability to resist rot and insect damage. Most of the great sailing ships of the world had hulls and planks and frames made of Oak. The hull of the U.S.S. Constitution, the ship that gave the U.S. its first naval victory, was made of Oak and famously repelled British cannonballs during the War of 1812.  The British coined her nickname, “Old Ironsides,” when their cannonballs appeared to bounce off her hull. (Incidentally, the captain of the Constitution during this famous naval battle was none other than Isaac Hull.)

5.  Oak Helps Make  Great Wine and Whiskey (Need We Say More?)

Oak barrels are used in wine and whiskey making because they are waterproof and because the tannins in the Oak impart subtle flavors of vanilla, butter, and spice.  These same tannins are what help Oak to repel insects and resist rot and water damage–all great qualities to have in a wood floor.

Have questions about our Red Oak floors, White Oak floors, or any other wide plank floor?  Call 1-800-353-3331 between the hours of 7:30 am and 4:00 pm EST to speak to a real live person. Or email anytime.

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10 Reasons To Choose A Wood Floor

Why wide plank wood floors are a good choice for your kitchen
Wide plank flooring made from locally grown natural character grade White Oak on the kitchen floor in this timber frame home.

Top Ten Benefits of Wood Floors – And Why You Should Choose Them

1. Wood is the most abundant renewable flooring material available.

Trees create wood by harnessing solar power. Trees are a renewable resource and sustainable forest management makes it possible to harvest wood over and over again without any negative impact on the environment. Average annual net growth for hardwoods is greater than average annual removals, and hardwood growing stock in the United States has increased by 119 percent since the 1950s.  Wood is a natural, renewable, sustainable, and environmentally-preferred building resource. (Sources: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Forest Service; Woodisgreen.com; National Wood Flooring Association: woodfloors.org)

2. Wood floors improve indoor air quality.

Indoor air quality is better with real wood floors than with vinyl, carpet, or other flooring choices. Wood floors do not harbor animal dander, pollen, dust, and mold compared to other floor coverings. (Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Wood Flooring Association: woodfloors.org)

3. Wood floors are long lasting.

Wood floors last hundreds of years and don’t need to be replaced as often as other flooring options.  (National Association of Home Builders)

4. Houses with real wood floors sell faster than those without them.

In a national survey of realtors, 90 percent said houses with wood floors sell faster and for more money than those without them. (National Wood Flooring Association: woodfloors.org)

5. Wood floors save natural resources.

They use far less water and energy to produce than other flooring options. Every wood substitute requires far more energy to produce than wood. (University of Wisconsin Wood Products Program Life Cycle Analysis)

6. You can address climate change by using more wood, not less.

Wood is a carbon neutral material that produces oxygen during its growth cycle and stores carbon during its service life.  The growth of wood in renewable forests works to sequester and remove carbon from the atmosphere. (Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials www.corrim.org)

7. Choosing wood floors protect forests.

The use of wood creates demand in the marketplace, giving people incentive to plant more trees and maintain forested areas. Want to protect forestland right here in the United States? Buy local/native wood products. You will help conserve the landscape you enjoy by giving local forest owners incentive to keep their tree farms. (shoplocalsaveland.com)

8. Wood outgreens bamboo.

Trees take longer to regenerate than bamboo, which is often touted as an environmentally friendly flooring because it is rapidly renewable; however, longer regeneration time is a benefit because forests with trees of different ages promote biodiversity. In contrast, bamboo is grown in monoculture plantations which do not make as large a contribution to wildlife habitat, air, water, or soil quality. (Idahoforests.org)

9. Wood earns LEED points.

Wood is recognized by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program for improved indoor air quality, material use, location proximity, and sustainably sourced materials. (U.S. Green Building Council)

10. Natural materials  enhance your home environment.

Your home should be a beautiful, healthy sanctuary.  Wood is a beautiful, durable, healthy choice for both the world’s environment and your home’s environment.  Bringing natural materials like wood into your home is also a great way to enhance your well-being and your indoor air quality. (Source: United States Consumer Product Safety Information)

We hope this information is helpful to you as a homeowner or builder/designer.  We love hearing from you, so let us know if you need a catalog or complimentary wood samples. And don’t hesitate to contact Hull Forest Products with your wood flooring questions.  Call 1-800-928-9602 to speak with a flooring representative, or email us today.

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Why It’s Good to Use Wood

The Myers Pond Forest, managed by Hull Forestlands in Union, CT
Formally managed for timber production, the Hull woodlands provide critical wildlife habitat. The property shown in the above photo offers wintering and staging areas for migratory waterfowl in Union, Connecticut.

The increased use of wood is one of our most important forest conservation tools. If you’re reading this blog, you may already be aware that working (i.e. managed) forests are the key to forest conservation. But, for those unconvinced, read on.

Increasing the use of wood benefits the environment, economy, and community.   The use of wood provides incentive for private landowners to maintain their forestland, and this land provides public benefits like air and water quality enhancement, wildlife habitat, carbon sequestration, and open space preservation.  Using wood also provides a critical source of jobs in rural America.

When a life cycle cradle-to-grave analysis is performed, wood outgreens every other building material.  It takes less energy to produce than any other building material, it stores carbon throughout its service life, and when its service life is over, wood can be recycled  to produce energy.

Recognizing that the active management of working forests is in the nation’s best interest, the USDA and the U.S. Forest Service are now giving preference to domestic wood as a building material.

Here’s a nifty 90 second video put out by the Danish Wood Initiative that sings the praises of wood, the world’s most environmentally friendly raw material.