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White Oak Flooring Prices

When considering flooring options, hardwood is often the No. 1 choice for homeowners. White oak is one hardwood option that stands out among the others. Its look is distinct and offers a true warmth that fits into almost any decor. White oak is a popular type of flooring that can be found at most major retailers throughout the U.S.

The Costs

  • Average minimum cost of white oak flooring: $3.69 per square foot

  • Average maximum cost of white oak flooring: $5.09 per square foot

Types and Uses

While oak flooring is a very sought-after hardwood floor type, it is important to know the difference between the two main varieties: red oak and white oak. Red oak is the more traditional choice of the two. It has a light golden tone with red and pink highlights, and it is a great selection for hardwood floors. It is softer than the white variety and often used in new construction or contemporary settings.

White oak flooring is more expensive than red oak because it has a hardness rating of 1360, which is much higher than 1290 of most red oaks. It has warmer tones and only requires a light polyurethane finish to achieve a subtle, yet glossy finish. White oak is not only popular with flooring, but because of its durability, it's also sought after for wooden boats and truck beds. The structural integrity of white oak is a good choice for replacing an existing floor and for refinishing as it holds a stain well.

There are several uses for white oak hardwood flooring. Homeowners seek out white oak varieties to create a crisp, attractive appearance in:

  • Living rooms

  • Kitchens

  • Foyers

  • Dining rooms

  • Bedrooms

  • Bathrooms

Living rooms are a great place to showcase American white oak flooring. It accompanies almost any furniture design and is often accented with oriental or area rugs to give a warm ambience to the room.

The kitchen welcomes white oak hardwood flooring. Plank flooring is a popular choice in farmhouses or kitchens with old world or french country themes. This lends to a rustic feel. Accented with copper and stone, the floor creates a welcoming vibe to any cozy kitchen setting.

Foyers are the entryway to the home and also a high-traffic area. Most white oak hardwood floors are sturdy, durable and resistant to moisture and dirt. Easy clean up and maintenance make white oak a sought after flooring option for the entryway area.

Dining areas are the perfect location to highlight the beauty of a light white oak floor. Specialty designed wood inlays are often used in a formal dining setting. This is a great way to create a show-stopping masterpiece when guests arrive.

White oak hardwood flooring is a welcoming floor type for almost any room; however, many homeowners find it especially nice for the bedroom. It makes for a smooth transition from hardwood to carpet or tile areas in an adjoining bathroom.

Finishing the floors is something that the homeowner should consider when selecting white oak. The wood showcases several swirls and lines within its grains. If the homeowner wishes to highlight the grain, it is important to select the right surface finish. The finish is one of the most important parts of the process because it will be a direct impact on how the floor will react to cleaning agents as well its overall longevity. There are several types of finishes such as:

  • Wax finishes

  • Water-based finishes

  • Oil-based finishes

  • Acid-cured finishes

  • Moisture-cured finishes

Wax finishes literally soak into the wood and then harden to form a protective barrier. There is a low-luster effect with wax, but it does create a semi-durable finish. This is a good choice for low-traffic area white oak floors.

Water-based finishes are one of the most popular floor finishes. It provides a clear seal and is light amber in color, so it won't affect the overall color of the flooring. It is very durable and perfect for foyers, living rooms and other high traffic areas.

When selecting an oil-based finish, the result is a high sheen surface. This is perfect for floors in which the homeowner really wants to showcase and highlight every detail of the wood. While this finish leaves behind an amber color, it can be mixed with other colors for a varying finish. Homeowners will see a slight cost increase with colored finishes.

Acid finishes are generally clear and leave the oak the same color as it appears naturally. Homeowners should choose an acid finish for extremely high traffic areas. This finish resists scratching and repels water.

Moisture-cured finishes also provide a clear finish. This type of finish is often done through the manufacture and pieces are often sold pre-cut. Hardwood flooring installers that specialize in moisture-cured finishes may be experienced enough to lay the floor and then apply this finish.

Other less popular types of finishes include acrylic impregnated, UV cured and penetrating oils.


There are many advantages to selecting white oak flooring. The biggest one is cost-effectiveness. White oak is one of the more widely available types of hardwood, so it can be found at most lumber yards and large retail home improvement chain stores.

White oak hardwood floor also comes in several sizes, including the standard 3/4-inch width as well as 5-inch wide plank flooring. Sizes can also be customized by the installer, but there may be a slight increase in price.


One of the main disadvantages of white oak flooring is the installation. Generally, a hardwood flooring company or qualified contractor will have to measure, cut and install the pieces. This is to ensure that the flooring is cut and laid properly. The final process of installation is the finish. This will require the homeowner to not use the flooring for at least 72 hours or more after the final coat of finish is applied.

The overall cost of white oak flooring is very competitive with other hardwoods. Homeowners can cut costs by purchasing wholesale through a distributor and paying separate for installation.

Last updated on May 29, 2014

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