About Red Oak Flooring

The sapwood of red oak is white to light brown and the heartwood is a pinkish reddish brown. The wood is similar in general appearance to white oak, but with a slightly less pronounced figure due to the smaller rays.

The wood is mostly straight-grained, with a coarse texture. Quartersawn sections display prominent ray fleck patterns. Red Oaks do not have the level of decay and rot resistance that White Oaks possess, which is why White Oak trees were historically used in ship building.

  • Grades: Select, Character
  • Widths: Up to 19″
  • Lengths: Up to 12′
  • Cuts: Plain Sawn, Rift and Quartersawn, Riftsawn
  • End-matched: Up to 12″
  • FSC Certified
  • Available in engineered wood and solid wood

What is the difference between Character, Select and Premium grade?

Premium grade wood contains very even grain patterns, and similar characteristics of the flow throughout the flooring. These patterns create a very gentle difference in the floor. This is often the highest quality and more desirable style. Check out this example of premium grade flooring from Houzz.

Select grade flooring is a combination of Premium and Character grades. You’ll get minimal knots, and much less variation in wood grain patterns. This is the most common style of flooring you’ll find.

Check out our other types of hardwood and wide plank flooring.

What is spalting?

Spalting is discoloration in the wood from fungi. This is generally desirable patterns that are not reproducible.

What does End-matched mean?

End-matched means that all sides of the wood have a tongue or groove cut into it. This creates a pattern that lets the installation go faster, and also keeps your floor tightly connected after installation. You won’t have any nails on the surface of the floor, and the floor itself becomes like one solid piece of wood that moves together throughout the seasons.