calgary hardwood flooring

Oak is one of the most popular species of hardwood flooring for Calgary homeowners due to the air of warmth and tradition it adds to any room. At Floor Coverings International Calgary, many of our customers choose oak for its durability and versatility. It’s no surprise that oak is the most popular hardwood flooring option in the country.

Red or White Oak?

There are two main types of oak hardwood: white oak and red oak. The easiest way to distinguish them is by examining their coloration and grain. White oak ranges in color from beige to dark brown with straight, predictable wood grain. Red oak has lighter shades of brown with red undertones. These subtle pink hues can be obscured by stains and finishes, in which case red oak’s wavy grain and wild swirls are giveaways.


Oak hardwood is prized for its strength and longevity. White oak has a slightly higher Janka hardness rating than red oak, but they are both hardy woods. Oak’s strength allows it to be sanded down and refinished multiple times. With minimal maintenance, oak floors can easily last generations.


The main advantage of oak hardwood is its versatility. Found in a variety of colors, oak works well with any existing décor. At Floor Coverings International Calgary, we carry oak in many colors and finishes. Oak also comes in plank, hand scraped, solid, and engineered varieties.

Learn from the Experts

The dedicated team at Floor Coverings International Calgary works with Calgary families to find the perfect hardwood floors for the home. The process starts with a free, in-home design consultation with one of our trained design associates. After you compare flooring samples and find the right flooring for your home, our team of flooring installation professionals ensure your project is completed in a timely manner. Call today for your free, in-home consultation!

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