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White Oak Wood Flooring — Plain-sawn
Grade: #1 Common
#1 Common White Oak is a cost-effective alternative to Select and Better grade.
Other Grades of Plain-sawn White Oak Wood Flooring:
#1 Common Plain-sawn White Oak Flooring Dimension Specifications:
#1 Common White Oak flooring will have shorter lengths in comparison to higher grades. This type of flooring can be found pre-milled in 7-foot bundles, or a long plank can be custom-made to order, where 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 White Oak is found in unfinished and prefinished solid or engineered with a veneer top layer.
#1 Common White 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 White Oak flooring will have a grayish tan appearance along with dime-sized knots, mineral streaks, and color variation. The long lengths produced are typically shorter than higher grades. White 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 White Oak is very durable and resists denting and traffic wear much better than pine. White Oak is relatively stable in comparison to other species like Yellow Pine.
Workability of #1 Common White Oak Flooring:
Although a hardwood, #1 Common White 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 White Oak Flooring:
Because of its price, #1 Common White Oak flooring is used in low-, medium-, and high-end residential applications for an elegant floor. It is also used for color-contrasting borders and medallions.