Red Oak Flooring

Red Oak flooring has characteristics of the Red Oak tree. Red Oak sapwood and heartwood are similar; a medium to light brown with a red tone. The grain is open and coarse. Red oaks’ hardness is the benchmark and the stability average. Red oak is durable. Red oak stains well with strong contrast because of the large pores. Red oak works well for bleached floors. Red oak is available in quarter sawn and rift grain. Rift and quarter sawing are ways to saw a log to yield a specific grain orientation. This method is not as efficient as plain sawing and does waste more of the tree. The boards have uniform and predominately straight grain. There can be iridescent flecks. Rift and quarter sawn boards tend to exhibit less movement across width than traditional plain sawn boards. This can be a marginal improvement on performance so choose rift or quarter sawn for the grain patterning.


Rift and quarter sawn select red oak flooring

Each board is hand selected for straight grain. Flecks are not considered defects, they are only found in the quarter sawn boards. No knots, checking or Milling defects.

Select red oak flooring

Similar coloring in boards. minimal knots, checking. or Milling defects. This is the most commonly seen grade of red oak.

Natures Rustic red oak flooring

The whole tree finds new life in Sampson’s rustic grade. Knots, checking, small holes 1/4” in diameter or less and variations in color are allowed. Natures rustic floors are generally random width. Random width floors maximize the usability of every board rather than wasting some to meet specifications. A random width floor is very traditional in pre 1880 historic homes. When a rustic floor is received, the amount of lineal footage of each width is listed. From this the installation pattern can be determined. If help is needed just call. Natures Rustic is always sold with endmatching. The grade name, Natures rustic can be misleading, many formal homes have chosen this grade in addition to cottages, camps and commercial spaces.

Paul + Jula Sampson have forged strong relationships with loggers and mills to get lumber specifically suited to our custom grades. Our grades are unique.

Face Widths

3” up to 5” Rift and quarter sawn select
3” up to 13” select
3” up to 8” random mix rustic

Accent Strips

3/4” up to 2 1/2” available in all grades


25/32” (3/8” up to 1 1/2” are available)


ranges available, oak usually averages between 6’ to 8’


Tongue and groove with back relief.
Endmatching option available for widths up to 8”.
Flooring can be ordered with endmatching (a tongue or groove at the end of board length).
Rustic grade is endmatched