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Red Oak Wood Flooring — Plain-sawn
Clear is the highest grade available of Plain-sawn Red Oak flooring.
Other Grades of Plain-sawn Red Oak Wood Flooring:
Clear Grade Plain-sawn Red Oak Flooring Dimension Specifications:
Clear grade Red Oak will have the longest lengths in comparison to lower grades. Clear grade can sometimes be found pre-milled in 7-foot bundles but typically is custom-made to order. The lengths and widths are made specifically to each project’s specifications. The longest lengths can be from 10 to 14 feet, and the widths can be from 2¼″ up to 12″ or more. Moisture content is between 6% and 8% for quick acclimation. Clear grade Red Oak is found in unfinished ¾″ solid typically but can be custom-prefinished or engineered with a veneer top layer.
Clear grade Red Oak flooring is readily available. Custom orders usually demand 2–3 weeks for production, depending on lumber availability. Pre-milled standard 7-foot bundles are usually not a stock item.
Finished Floor Appearance:
Clear grade Red Oak will have an even light pink appearance. The long lengths produced make for fewer joints and a more desirable floor aesthetically. Red Oak is not sensitive to sunlight and will not darken considerably with an oil-based finish. Water-based finishes will have a pale appearance in comparison to oil finishes.
Flooring Durability and Stability:
Clear Red Oak is very durable but resists denting and traffic wear much better than pine. Red Oak is relatively stable in comparison to other species like Yellow Pine.
Workability of Clear Grade Red Oak Flooring:
Although a hardwood, Clear grade Red Oak flooring works with little difficulty with both hand and power tools. When installing the flooring, it is best to use a manual nailer, but staples and pneumatic nailers work well. Installation is quicker with higher-grade flooring because the lengths of the boards are typically longer. Red Oak holds screws well, and it glues, stains, and polishes to a very attractive finish. It is relatively easy to sand with flooring equipment, but professional sanding and finishing is recommended.
Principal Uses of Clear Grade Red Oak Flooring:
Because of its price, Clear grade Red Oak flooring is used in high-end residential applications for a dramatically elegant floor. It is also used for color-contrasting borders and medallions.