Red Oak Flooring
This, most common of all the US hardwoods used in residential flooring, is the wood against which other species are usually compared. The hardness varies with the source of the trees. Most strip oak (2-¼” wide) is mass pro-duced in the south and from the softer species of local trees. Housatonic wide plank flooring is made from northern oak which is generally 20% harder than strip oak. Color tends to be quite uniform in Red Oak, with the heartwood only slightly darker than the sapwood and flooring is readily stained in a wide range of shades. Plainsawn oak has a plumed or flared grain appearance, riftsawn oak (cut at approximately 60° angle to the grain) has a tighter grain pattern, and quartersawn oak (cut at approximately 90° angle) has a tight grain pattern with flake or butterfly patterns (caused by hardened sap pockets) in random locations. Rift and quartersawn flooring (frequently sold in this combination) is more expensive than plainsawn but is more dimensionally stable and tougher wearing. In radiant heat floors, rift and quartered flooring is usually specified because of its excellent dimensional stability.
- 3/4″ thick, T&G, Kiln dried, End matching
- Available widths – 3″ – 16″
- Available lengths – random
- Hardness = 1260: 5% softer than white oak
- Price Range – $2.95-$10.00/sf
consistant grain pattern with very few natural characteristics such as knots and color variation
middle of the road grade with fewer knots and a lower degree of color variation compared to a rustic grade, knots tend to be smaller.
high degree of natural characteristics including frequent knots, color variation and distinctive grain patterns