If you’re planning a home renovation project, particularly, one that involves installing a new staircase, using oak provides a good number of benefits that other materials don’t quite offer.
From Sacramento staircase contractor iStairs, Inc., here are five reasons why you should consider using oak for your new staircase:
Oak instantly adds character to your home with its rich color, elegant texture, and distinctive material.
It has quite an attractive wood grain, especially if it is quarter-sawn, make it a top choice among carpenters and homebuilders alike.
Strength and Durability
Oak is known for its strength, its resistance to moisture, and its durability.
It’s one of the densest naturally occurring materials, making it one of the most in-demand hardwoods in the woodwork industry.
The sturdy oak has a high tolerance to the stresses brought on by weather conditions in California, even as it changes from season to season.
Furthermore, oak contains a high amount of tannin, which makes it naturally resistant to insects and fungus alike.
Using oak for your staircase (as well as your support beams and foundations) is a sensible choice. Older homes and structures built from oak are still standing many years, decades, or even centuries later.
The oak itself gets stronger and a lot more resilient the older it becomes.
Readily available in Sacramento
There are about 600 species of oak all around the world, but California’s own Sacramento valley is particularly known for its native oak trees.
According to the Sacramento tree foundation, the three most common varieties of oak are:
- The valley oak, which is the largest tree in Sacramento Valley.
- The interior live oak, which is the most common evergreen oak tree in the valley.
- The blue oak, which is the most common of all our oak trees.
There are other species of oak growing in and around Sacramento, and each species of oak is used differently because of their varying attributes.
iStairs says oak staircase parts and custom installations are at the top of the list of projects they typically handle as stair contractors.
They usually work with a fairly diverse selection of other oak wood materials as well — the natural brown oak wood, the stripy tiger oak wood, the cat’s paw pippy oak, burr oak wood, and the rare bog oak wood
Oak is Sustainable
Despite it being so common in the Sacramento Valley, we support efforts to use oak responsibly and sustainably.
Oak is classified as a premium material, and its price is largely dictated by the regulated supply in the building industry so we don’t use too much oak timber faster than we can regrow oak trees.
As such, oak is used in homebuilding as showcase pieces– in situations or home projects where the finished oak structure can be cherished and fully appreciated.
Oak is an Environmentally-Friendly Option
Oaks generally don’t require large amounts of fossil fuel to produce, nor do they require much industrial processing or chemical treatments. (Unlike brick or concrete, for example, which does go through a lot of industrial processing.)
As trees, oaks spend their entire lives absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and releasing oxygen. The carbon captured from the atmosphere is bound into the fibers of these oaks for hundreds of years. And even as you chop down a tree and build a house out of it, the carbon remains within the material permanently.
Also, oak requires little maintenance, so its cost, in the long run, is relatively much lower. All it requires is a bit of cleaning and polishing now and then, and you can count on its natural beauty to last for many years to come.
About Sacramento Staircase Contractor iStairs, Inc.
iStairs, Inc. is your one-stop shop for residential staircase finish carpentry. Ask about our stock availability for oak wood and more details on our custom stair installations.
Whether you’d prefer to do-it-yourself or have us design and install your stairs for you, we can work on just about any staircase project you have in mind.
iStairs has been proudly serving communities across Northern California, with a showroom to accommodate inquiries and appointments. Give the iStairs team a call today at 844-STAIR-4U or 916.853.1499.