North American Red Oak Flooring is a relatively common type of hardwood flooring and can be found in homes nationwide, from brand new construction to centuries-old homes, thanks to its availability, durability and versatility. It easily compliments just about any design style, especially given its ability to take a large variety of stain colors evenly.
Red Oak generally has a uniform color of very light blonde with a light reddish tone to it. There's remarkable difference between the sapwood and heartwood of red oak, and is often compared to a hardwood like hickory.
Like most hardwoods, red oak is offered in a variety of grades with the most common being the NOFMA/NWFA #1 Common grade. The #1 Common Red Oak hardwood floor is generally the one you see in most homes and features primarily ‘flat’ or ‘plain sawn’ grain which is the thick cathedral looking grain but will also feature some Rift or Quarter Sawn graining. Red oak is also offered in true Rift and/or Quarter Sawn grain options giving it a unique graining look.
With proper care and maintenance, your red oak floors will stay beautiful for many years to come.