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Red Oak Wood Flooring — Quarter-sawn
Grade: #1 Common
#1 Common Quarter-sawn Red Oak flooring is used in high-end floors.
Other Grades of Quarter-sawn Red Oak Wood Flooring:
#1 Common Quarter-sawn Red Oak Flooring Dimension Specifications:
#1 Common grade Quarter-sawn Red Oak will have shorter lengths in comparison to higher grades. It can be found pre-milled in 7-foot bundles, or a long plank can be 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. #1 Common Quarter-sawn Red Oak is only found unfinished, but prefinished solid or engineered with a veneer top layer can be custom-made.
#1 Common Quarter-sawn 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 a stock item.
Finished Floor Appearance:
#1 Common grade Quarter-sawn Red Oak will have a pink and tan appearance, with small dime-sized knots, mineral streaks, and some color variation. Quarter-sawn 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:
#1 Common Quarter-sawn Red Oak is very durable and resists denting and traffic wear much better than pine. Because of its vertical grain, it is very stable.
Workability of #1 Common Quarter-sawn Red Oak Flooring:
Although a hardwood, #1 Common Quartered 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. The wood 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 #1 Common Quarter-sawn Red Oak Flooring:
Because of its price, #1 Common Quartered Red Oak flooring is used in medium- and high-end residential applications for a dramatically elegant floor. It works well with radiant heat applications and is popular in log homes and rustic camps.