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The wood flooring you are looking at on this website, if solid construction, is made 100% from this species of wood If it was made in an engineered format, then the upper wear layer only is likely made from this species of wood. The information on this species page is offered as a service to better educate prospective buyers about the wood they are buying and represents decades of our experience and knowledge of these woods when used in flooring. On this page you will find only GENERAL TECHNICAL INFORMATION about this wood species. Please note that ONLY on the flooring page will you find the detailed information as to which specific grade, graining and surface treatment, and finish and stain colors have been used/selected for the actual wood flooring you are looking at.

Species Information

Flooring Trade Name
Red Oak
Botanical Name
Quercus, rubra
Lumber Name
Red Oak
Region
Grows In
North America
 

Description

Color Range & Color Changes

Color Range
Red Oak offers a medium range of color variability from lighter tan tones with pinkish highlights to darker browns
Color Change
Red Oak undergoes a medium degree of color change over time with a slight ambering of the pinkish tan brown color you get when freshly milled
View Color Properties Chart below to compare this species with other species:
Color Properties Chart

View Quercus, rubra Photo Page for photos of the typical color range & change to be expected: Quercus, rubra Photo Page

Hardness

Red Oak is 0% as hard as red oak ( 0 on the Janka scale vs. 1260 for red oak ).
graph
For hardness comparisons to additional species, please go to: Species Hardness

Where to Use

Red Oak may be used both residentially and commercially wherever the classic look of American red oak is desired

Installation

Access the proper Installation Instructions below for the flooring format you've chosen this species in:

Installation Instructions

Special Characteristics / Issues Specific to this Species

Stability
2 (average & similar to red oak). For additional information, see: WFI's Wood Properties Chart on the WFI Downloads page.
Finish Issues
(For site sanding/
finishing only)
None known at this time. See: Finish Recommendations on the WFI Downloads page before commencing any site finishing.
Safety / Allergic
Reaction Issues)
None known at this time. See Material Safety for safety issues with wood dust.
Other Characteristics /
Issues Specifid to
this Species
None known at this time. See Feedback / Silky Ash on the Site Map to see what others have experienced with this species.

Notes

Additional Technical Information on this species can be accessed from the links below:
U.S. Forest Products Laboratory - Quercus, rubra Only
U.S. Forest Products Laboratory - to access all species

Species Technical Chart for Quercus, rubra

Names
Flooring Trade Name
Botanical Name
Lumber Trade Name
Geographic Origin
Grows In
Red Oak
Quercus, rubra
Red Oak
North America
Color Properties
Color Description
Color Variability
Color Fastness
Color Tone
Red Oak offers a medium range of color variability from lighter tan tones with pinkish highlights to darker browns
Red Oak undergoes a medium degree of color change over time with a slight ambering of the pinkish tan brown color you get when freshly milled
Moisture Related
Flooring Trade Name
Stability
Gann Meta Setting/
Correction
Red Oak Correction
Shrinkage Coefficient
Red Oak
2 (average & similar to red oak)
#3 / +0.0%
+0.0%
Flat Sawn
Straight Grain
0.00198
0.00161
Other Properties
Weight
Where to Use
Hardness
Finish Issues
Shrinkage Coefficient
(D/R/D+R)
Red Oak may be used both residentially and commercially wherever the classic look of American red oak is desired
Janka
Indent Tests
1260
Flat Sawn
Straight Grain
0.00198
0.00161

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