Color: Heartwood is
light to dark reddish brown, lustrous; sapwood is light brown to pale
with a light pinkish tone. Some flooring manufacturers steam lumber to
bleed the darker heartwood color into the sapwood, resulting in a more
Grain: Fine, frequently wavy, uniform texture.
Distinctive flake pattern on true quartersawn surfaces. Texture is
satiny, with some gum pockets.
Variations Within Species And Grades: Significant
color variation between boards
950; 26% softer than Northern red oak
Dimensional Stability: Above average (change
coefficient .00248; 33% more stable than red oak).
Durability: Strong, moderately hard; excellent shock
resistance. Usually considered too soft for an entire floor - mostly
used for borders and accents.
Sanding: Sands satisfactorily
Nailing: Good holding ability
Finishing: No known problems
Comments: High in bending strength. Light-sensitive;
strong color change upon exposure to light
(plainsawn select red oak)