The fine graining pattern of white oak gives the wood traditional appeal. Wide planks further contribute to the rustic look of white oak floors. The heartwood is light to medium brown, while the sapwood is usually white to light brown in color. The tyloses in white oak are relatively open, allowing white oak to readily accept stains and paints. White oak is a sustainable species because it is abundant in the continental United States. Therefore, the carbon footprint of white oak is less than that of exotic species. White oak is more dimensionally stable than red oak, so choose white over red for added strength and less fluctuation in the wood.