Oak is a very versatile wood compared to Hickory and Maple. It can be easily stained and is readily available. There are many options with oak. From smooth finishes to hand scraped, from select grades to cabin grades, a person can almost always find the look and color they are going for with oak.
Oak is less expensive than both Hickory and Maple. Oak is a more stable wood than both Hickory and Maple. It is very appealing in any room, can be refinished several times and is extremely durable. The wood goes with any type of furniture or home style and brightens and warms all areas. Both red and white provide high shock absorption and are resistant to wear and splitting. They last longer than vinyl or carpeting and are easy to maintain and keep clean, which can provide relief to asthmatics and allergy sufferers.
Oak is the softest wood when comparing it to Hickory and Maple. There is also less sizzle around oak because it is so common. It has become a generic look and isn't going to get the hype when compared to virtually all other hardwoods.
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