The floor that Built America
The beauty, exceptional durability, and longevity of Adirondack White Oak has made it an American classic since the pioneer days. The colors range from nearly white sapwood to the golden tones and rich browns of the heartwood. Oak actually improves with age like a good red wine, and within a couple of years the color will get richer.
White Oak is native to the Adirondack Mountains and can reach heights of 65 to 85 feet with a very broad crown – living as long as 600 years! The closely spaced growth rings of slower-growing white oak result in a tight, straight grain pattern that gives white oak hardwood flooring a smoother, more uniform texture. The contrasts of the longer, darker rays add to white oak’s attractiveness. White oak is beautifully grained when rift and quarter-sawn, causing it takes on a silvery hue, creating a floor with more figure
White Oak is also more water resistant than other wood species which makes it a great option for high traffic areas in your home. One of the most common uses of white oak over the centuries was as framing and siding for ships. It was heavily used by settlers and early sailors in North America.
Did you know that wine and whiskey barrels are made from American White Oak? It adds to the taste and aroma of the wine and whiskey, and, when toasted, provide woody, vanilla, and coconut flavors!