Recently, Mike’s Custom Flooring installation of Rift and Quartered White Oak floors was featured on Cochran’s Lumber website for their showcase of the rift and quartered white oak. With such an intrigue, we at Mike’s custom Flooring would like to elaborate rift and quartered white oak flooring for an option for you Virginia home.
How is Rift Sawn White Oak Flooring Cut?
Cut at a slightly different angle than our live sawn flooring, the rift and quartered white oak floors cut produces an extremely stable surface, with very straight grain lines, that establishes a very modernized and clean floor. There is extra labor involved and added waste, making this potentially pricier than other wood flooring options, but most would agree that it is well worth the investment. Out of plain, rift, or quart sawn, plain sawn is generally the most common with the grading aside, is the less inexpensive. While rift and quartered white oak tend to feature radial arrangements where all cuts made to the log are strictly parallel. The quarter sawn, has the growth rings at a 45 to 90-degree angle with the board’s surface, but the rift sawn annual rings are positioned 30 to 60 degrees. The cut gives solid white oak an added benefit besides a stunning appearance, the beneficial expansion of the hardwood. The hardwood expands vertically, as a result, solid hardwood should never be installed below grade, on the surface of radiant heat, or on a concrete subfloor, quarter sawn tends to have the least amount of warping as well. Plain sawn has the most risk of warping due to the greatest amount of movement.
Rift Sawn White Oak Lumber Janka Scale
Characterized by a white, cream, or light brown color, white oak flooring, and all oak species, features an open yet somewhat coarse grain, as well as an increased shock and wear resistance. Additionally, it has a Janka scale rating of 1360. The Janka scale rating determines the hardness of the wood planks, which gives consumers an idea how long it White oak, unlike the red oak counterpart, is slightly more durable and better for machining and features a higher concentration of tannic acid that allows for more fungi and insect resistance.
What Does Rift Sawn White Oak Flooring Look Like?
White oak is frequently given more than a plain sawn cut and along with the physical character attributes, a rift or quarter sawn cut further alters the appearance of the hardwood. White oak is given a plumed appearance with a plain sawn cut. On the other hand, Rift Sawn has a tendency to have a tighter grain, making the quarter sawn look like a tiger stripe or flake pattern, forging a more visually striking style.
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No matter if you want to indulge in the rift and quartered white oak flooring or have other hardwood flooring in mind for your Virginia home, having Mike’s Custom Flooring doing the installation, maintenance, and need repairs down the road, is to ensure quality workmanship. Call us today to schedule your consultation and we will happily discuss the details of your project and answer any of your questions.