Asked by: Damiano Cembranos
asked in category: General Last Updated: 26th April, 2020

How can you tell the difference between red and white oak flooring?

1. Color - red oak has a bit of a pinkish tint is a little bit lighter than white oak. White oak tends to be a bit browner, darker and more yellow. When you stain them, the difference between the 2 species decreases, especially the darker you go.

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Hereof, what does red oak flooring look like?

Red Oak has pinkish tones and red hues throughout. Either can be stained any color, and the visible differences between Red or White Oak diminish as you go darker with the stain color. On the Janka hardness scale, White Oak flooring scores a 1360 and Red Oak flooring a 1290.

One may also ask, can you mix red and white oak flooring? White and red oak are mixed in some flooring mills and sent out in bundles. Once finished it is hard to tell. To tell the difference in red and white oak, look at the cut end. The spring wood in red oak will have bigger capliaries, compared to white oak.

Moreover, is red or white oak better?

Red Oak has a Janka hardness rating of approximately 1290. White Oak flooring has been noted as being harder than Red Oak with a Janka hardness rating of approximately 1360. White Oak flooring is also more stable. Because it is harder, it accepts stain color more evenly than Red Oak flooring does.

What does white oak flooring look like?

White oak is slightly darker, browner and more yellow; red oak is slightly lighter and has pink undertones. White oak has a smoother grain then red oak. Note: the above wood looks a bit lighter in real life (due to lighting while I took the pictures).

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