Oak Hardwood Flooring

Your guide to Red Oak floors.

Red Oak hardwood flooring is one of the most popular choices for floors in both homes and businesses. In this brief introduction, we’ll answer all your questions about Red Oak floors and the many flooring options available from Carlisle Wide Plank Floors.

What are Red Oak floors?

Red Oak floors are a type of hardwood flooring that is made from timber cut from Red Oak trees, which are found throughout the eastern and central United States and southeast and south-central Canada. Easy to stain, install and refinish, Red Oak floors offer great flexibility and are an ideal choice for many different design schemes.

What are wide plank Red Oak floors?

Carlisle wide plank floors use floor boards that are 3 to 6 times wider than standard commercial flooring. With boards that are up to 12” wide and up to 14’ long, wide plank Red Oak floors have just a fraction of the seams of a traditional hardwood floor, creating a sense of spaciousness and a far less “busy” look. Wide plank oak flooring also allows the beauty and grain patterns of the wood to be fully appreciated and enables a floor to become a central design feature of any space. Carlisle Red Oak floors are harvested exclusively from forests in New Hampshire and Vermont where the growth of timber is slowed by cold winters, producing tight, consisting grain and floorboards with exceptional widths and lengths. Our wide plank Red Oak hardwood flooring is cut from the center of these logs where you’ll find deep, salmon tones in the heartwood.

What are the advantages of Red Oak floors?

Customers choose Carlisle Red Oak floors when they want a floor that:
• Can stain easily to any color and is easy to integrate into any design scheme.
• Can be refinished several times to add years of life to a hardwood installation.
• Is available in both solid and engineered options for greater flexibility.
• It is highly workable and easy to install.

Frequently Asked Questions

Any suggestions for how to distress Red Oak floors?

Distressing Red Oak floors can help to provide an appearance of age, character and time-worn beauty, but it is a task best left to professionals. We offer a number of techniques – including several that are exclusive to Carlisle – for giving Red Oak floors a weathered and lived-in look.

What are tips for how to clean Red Oak floors?

Red Oak floors can be cleaned easily with a mixture of vinegar and water – 1 or 2 ounces of vinegar to 2 gallons of water. Vinegar has a natural acidity that helps to clean floors easily while also being safe for the environment. For a periodic deeper clean, you can use a product like LOBA Hardwood Floor Cleaner.

Can Red Oak floors be stained?

Red Oak floors can be stained easily to a wide variety of colors. While many flooring companies offer a limited selection of stain colors, at Carlisle you’ll find a virtually unlimited variety of hues from which to choose.

What are engineered Red Oak floors?

Engineered Red Oak floors are made with planks that have a top veneer of Red Oak hardwood which is glued to backing material like plywood, fiberboard or other hardwood. This type of construction creates a solid core that is more resistant than solid Red Oak flooring to fluctuations in temperature, moisture and humidity levels that tend to be higher than average. Engineered Red Oak floors are ideal for installation in places like basements, on concrete slabs and over radiant heating systems.

What are prefinished Red Oak floors?

Prefinished floors are sanded, stained and sealed at a manufacturer’s facility, before being delivered to a home or business for installation. Prefinished hardwood flooring helps to speed installation and save money, while allowing you to avoid the mess of sanding and staining and the inconvenience of needing to vacate the space while the floors are sealed.

What is the difference between White Oak and Red Oak floors?

The biggest difference between White Oak and Red Oak floors is color. White oak floors are a bit darker and have more brownish hues, while Red Oak is lighter and has pinkish undertones. Red Oak is slightly softer than White Oak.

How strong are Red Oak floors?

Red Oak has a Janka hardness rating of 1290, making it a durable option for any home or business.

What color are Red Oak floors?

Red Oak is a lighter hardwood that comes in hues from red to light brown and has wide and highly visible grain patterns.

Expect extraordinary service when choosing Red Oak floors from Carlisle.

Choosing the perfect floor for your home or business is an exciting but challenging process, and our team is honored to provide expert guidance at every turn. Our goal: to provide the most responsive and knowledgeable service, making the process of selecting and designing your Red Oak floors as pleasurable as living on them. Our design consultants are experts at helping you find the right flooring for your space, your budget and your lifestyle, and our craftsmen and customer service team provide remarkable attention to detail to make sure that your floor will meet your exacting standards and exceed your high expectations.

Why Carlisle is your premier source for wide plank Red Oak floors.

Since 1966, Carlisle has been known as a leading innovator in wide plank flooring for businesses, museums, restaurants, boutiques and exceptional homes throughout the world. Carlisle Red Oak floors – as well as all the wide plank floors we create – are masterpieces in wood that are the perfect expression of the homeowners and business owners who commission them. Through painstaking craftsmanship, we produce Red Oak floors of exceptional style and beauty – one-of-a-kind works of art that will continue to warm your space, delight your guests and remind you where you are every time you enter the room. Once you take a closer look at our Red Oak floors, we know you’ll agree that nothing compares to the beauty, strength, grain density, stability and performance of Carlisle Red Oak floors.