Red or White Oak Hardwood Floors

In recent years red and white oak hardwood flooring has remained king in the US domestic market. Pictured below are red and white oak room scenes that have been sanded and finished in place. Pricing will be higher with photos from top to bottom. In other words, quarter sawn shown first will rank higher in cost compared to #2 common oaks shown further down the page.

The red and white oak hardwood grades shown on this page are sold mostly unfinished. When comparing other variations sold in their prefinished form, manufacturers may label their products differently. For instance a label called common grade oak from one manufacturer may actually be a lower grade below #2. Yes, there are #3 grades sold, but they are generally termed utility or cabin grade hardwood. Characteristics include open knots, black and white streaking, and much shorter board lengths.

Lengths of hardwood will vary significantly from the premium quarter sawn down to a #2 grade. Higher graded products will be longer than those of subsequent grades. In so far as color variation and natural characteristics, expect more with lower grades opposed to higher.

Quarter Sawn Red Oak
Quarter Sawn White Oak
Quarter Sawn Red Oak
Quarter Sawn White Oak
Clear Red Oak
Clear White Oak
Clear Red Oak
Clear White Oak
Red Oak Select
White Oak Select
Red Oak Select
White Oak Select
#1 Common Red Oak
#1 Common White Oak
#1 Common Red Oak
#1 Common White Oak
#2 Common Red Oak
#2 Common White Oak
#2 Common Red Oak
#2 Common White Oak

Prefinished Floors

When it comes to prefinished floors you will not find this kind of standardized grading. However some manufacturers do include it on solid hardwoods, but the information isn’t widely available. Product sku sheets that salespeople have access to may show some grading. One example includes Bruce and Armstrong products.

Some manufacturers may place their own grading description on their prefinished products. One example is Kahrs, who has three classifications on most of their product linres; named city, town and country. City would fall into a select grading, while the other two would be subsequent lower grades noticed by the color variation and character.

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