Technical specie specifications for Red Oak from Fantastic Floor - Discount Exotic and Domestic Hardwood Flooring, Prefinished Solid Flooring, Unfinished Solid Flooring and Engineered Flooring.
Red Oak Hardwood Flooring
- Scientific Name, Other Names: Quercus spp, American red oak, Black oak, Canadian red oak, Gray oak, Northern red oak, Southern red oak, Scarlet oak, Spanish oak
- Description: Red Oak flooring features red-tinged brown heartwood and white tones that create a subtle but resonant contrast that makes this wood uniquely enjoyable. A consistent grain adds to the grace of the overall presentation of a Red Oak floor. All of these elements make Red Oak a colorfully multifaceted yet understated beauty that, much like White Oak, is aesthetically complementary to any style of home, be it modern or rustic. Red Oak floors have long been a beloved domestic standard in the United States, while the Red Oak wood itself has also served as the industry standard of hardness with a Janka hardness rating of 1,290. With its subtle red tones, rooms floored with Red Oak hardwood will feel warmer without the wood taking center stage. This allows other decorative elements such as fine furniture or artwork to stand out while being complemented by the beautiful Red Oak flooring underfoot.
- Janka Hardness: 1,290 pounds
- Strength (MOR): 14,300 psi
- Stiffness (MOE): 1,850 1000 psi
- Density (KG/m3): 780
- Tangential Shrinkage: 8.6 %
- Radial Shrinkage: 4.0 %
- About: Red Oak is widely abundant and is the benchmark used for the Janka scale hardness scale. Red Oak is slightly redder than White Oak and is generally less expensive. Fantastic Floor offers Red Oak hardwood flooring from 1/2" to 3/4" thick, 1 1/2" to 8" wide, and random lengths up to 10'. Red Oak hardwood flooring is available prefinished and unfinished in both solid and engineered formats.
- Family: Fagaceae
- Tree Characteristics: Red Oak can reach a height of 125 feet with a large diameter.
- Geographic Area: Red Oak trees grow in Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Iran, Slovakia, United Kingdom, and the United States.
- Color: Red Oak heartwood is reddish-brown while Red Oak sapwood is light brown..
- Photosensitivity: Red Oak is nearly unaffected by light exposure.
- Luster: Red Oak wood has a low luster while Red Oak hardwood flooring can be found with finishes that range from matte to semi-gloss.
- Grain: Red Oak wood is mostly straight grained and open.
- Texture: The texture of Red Oak wood is coarse. Red Oak hardwood flooring can be finished in a number of ways to provide a choice of smooth, handscraped, or distressed surface treatments.
- Drying Characteristics: Raw Red Oak wood has moderate movement when drying. It is best to acclimate engineered Red Oak flooring for 1 week and solid Red Oak flooring for 2 weeks prior to installation,
- Working Characteristics: Red Oak is rated as easy to work, gluing and holding fasteners exceptionally well. Red Oak hardwood can split when nailed unless predrilled. It is rated as finishing well, but shrinks considerably. It is important to keep relative humidity levels in the home between 35% to 50% before, during, and after installing Red Oak hardwood flooring.
- Durability Rating: Red Oak wood is rated as slightly resistant to heartwood decay.
- Applications: Red Oak hardwood flooring, Ships, railroad crossties, timber bridges, tannin dyes, fuel wood, hardwood dimensions and flooring, furniture, veneer, plywood, barrels, kegs, casks, truck and trailer beds, mining timbers, containers, pallets, caskets, boxes, paneling. Please note, unfinished Red Oak flooring is sold in open, strapped bundles and not in boxes. Prefinished solid Red Oak flooring and prefinished engineered Red Oak flooring are sold in boxes. Red Oak flooring must be purchased in full bundles or boxes. Box and bundle sizes may vary.
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