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Red Oak

Red Oak

Janka Hardness 1260 (what's this? )
Oak (Red) is the species which the flooring industry compares for hardness against all the other wood flooring.
  • Flooring Trade Name
    Oak (Red)
  • Botanical Name
    Quercus, rubra
  • Lumber Trade Name(s)
    Red Oak
  • Origin
    North America
  • Description
    Oak (Red) is very hard and dense with a broad, dramatic, pronounced grain.
  • Stability
    Oak (Red) demonstrates an average level of stability, similar to Red Oak.
  • Safety/Allergic Reactions
    Oak (Red), sawdust has been associated with contact dermatitus. Care must be taken when near Red Oak sawdust.
  • Color Change (photo-sensitivity)
    Oak (Red) undergoes a medium degree of color change over time with a slight ambering of the pinkish tan brown color you get when freshly milled.
  • Color Range
    Oak (Red) comes in shades ranging from light pink-highlighted tan to darker brown shades.
  • Other Characteristics
    The heartwood and sapwood of Red Oak are similar in appearance, which is light-colored with a reddish tone. It is slightly redder in color than white oak, which can have a white to cream to light brown color. The grain of Red Oak is open, and also somewhat coarser, and so more porous, than that of white oak, which tends to have longer rays. These distinctive rays are what make white oak so prized for construction of "Mission" style furniture and woodwork.

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