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July 20th, 2013. Floors, Red Oak Flooring Types and Comparisons.

The red oak flooring is commonly used in homes. It is chosen for beautifully milled and has long term versatility. It has natural looking and extremely hard properties, it is also resistant to dent. Some furnishing company provides aluminum oxide coating to increase its strength and durability. Most of red oak floors are sold in 21 square foot, 22.5 square foot, and 22.75 square foot bundles. There are 3 types of these flooring, they are finished, prefinished, and unfinished.

Unfinished, Prefinished, and Finished Red Oak Flooring

Some unfinished red oak flooring are available in 2 1/4” or 3 1/4” wide strips. These unfinished flooring strips are select grade, but 2 1/4” red oak flooring is also available in #1 common grade that have more grain character thus looked more rustic. They are made from prime and slow growing hardwoods. Processed by slow drying, each piece is arranged in straight line to remove any bending. It’s the most efficient drying process that maximize the stability of this wood during the various seasons. Unlike the prefinished flooring, these floors should be sanded and finished after installation before ready to use.

Some furnishing company also offers prefinished red oak flooring that requires no additional treatment or finishing after installation. Such red oak flooring has clear grade with natural finish, while the select grade of white oak flooring has butterscotch finish.

White and Red Oak Flooring

There are some differences that can be identified in oak lumber; it depends not only on the species of oak, but also from their growing conditions. Without stain, it will be more difficult to differentiate between red and white oak wood. First, one can look at the engrain. The pores that found in the growth rings of red oak are very wide and porous; it should be easy for one to identify it. White oak has no such pores because their pores are filled with xyloses which make them suitable for water vessels such as boatbuilding or outdoor furniture. They are also more resistance to rot and decay. Next, use sodium nitriles reagent. One can spray 10% of NaNO2 solution and observe the results. If it’s red oak, it will only experience small color change. But if it is white oak then there will be more significant color change. The measurement time is approximately 5-10 minutes. Just with these 2 methods, one can easily distinguish red oak flooring with its white sisters.

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