Natural Red Oak Flooring Pictures

Natural Red Oak Flooring Pictures

construction warranty installation accessories Somerset’s Homestyle Collection is solid 3/4″ thick flooring crafted from Appalachian oak, which is renowned for its incomparable beauty. INSTALLS ON OR ABOVE GRADE Solid hardwood flooring is suitable for installation on or above grade (ground level) only. Somerset guarantees the structural stability of solid flooring for a lifetime (see details here). All Somerset flooring is proudly manufactured in the USA to the highest quality standards. When you buy Somerset, you can feel good about contributing to the growth of U.S. manufacturing and jobs. We feel that no other hardwood flooring in the industry is manufactured to higher quality standards than a Somerset hardwood floor. Flooring in the Homestyle Collection carries our Lifetime Structural Integrity Limited Warranty and a 50-Year Finish Wear Layer Limited Warranty. Please read the entire warranty, which we call the “Somerset Commitment” here. We take great pride in the products we offer and want our customers to be completely satisfied with our flooring. Our warranty coverage is intended to give you peace of mind that you are purchasing a quality product from a highly reputable company. Please keep in mind that Somerset manufactures flooring, not finished floors; the flooring installer must complete the finished product. Many critical decisions must be made at the installation site, and therefore are the sole responsibility of the installer and owner. Please make sure to read our entire warranty document, so you understand the installer’s, and your, responsibility to insure a successful installation. In addition, we suggest you read our care and maintenance information as proper routine and preventative maintenance is important to your continued satisfaction with your floor. Solid hardwood flooring is designed to be nailed or stapled‑down on or above grade (ground level) only. Many important decisions must be made at the installation site, and therefore must be the sole responsibility of the installer/owner. These include but are not limited to proper storage and handling, complete evaluation of site conditions including moisture testing of the subfloor and flooring, acclimation of flooring to appropriate conditions, subfloor preparation, flooring layout, milling, grade, color and gloss, scraping, proper installation methods, sufficient quantity on hand to complete the job, and jobsite cleanup. For best results, we suggest installation be done by a National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) Certified Professional. Complete installation guidelines are packaged with Somerset flooring cartons and are available on our website under “Customer Support.” Somerset offers everything you need to complete your installation. Reducer, Quarter Round, Baby Threshold, Stair Nosing, and T-Molding is available to complement your Somerset floor. Click here to download molding profiles/sizes (PDF)
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Natural Red Oak Flooring Pictures

Oak is the most commonly recognized species used to produce hardwood flooring and probably the most recognized North American wood in general. Oak has a beautifully defined grain and creates a timeless looking hardwood floor. Most consumers think oak is a very hard wood, but in reality, it is the fourth hardest North American species we produce. It is a very stable wood to use in flooring and performs well with fluctuations of humidity. Our oak is finished with a very smooth finish and will not appear pitted like the majority of our prefinished competitors.
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Natural Red Oak Flooring Pictures

Solid hardwood flooring is designed to be nailed or stapled‑down on or above grade (ground level) only. Many important decisions must be made at the installation site, and therefore must be the sole responsibility of the installer/owner. These include but are not limited to proper storage and handling, complete evaluation of site conditions including moisture testing of the subfloor and flooring, acclimation of flooring to appropriate conditions, subfloor preparation, flooring layout, milling, grade, color and gloss, scraping, proper installation methods, sufficient quantity on hand to complete the job, and jobsite cleanup. For best results, we suggest installation be done by a National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) Certified Professional. Complete installation guidelines are packaged with Somerset flooring cartons and are available on our website under “Customer Support.”
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Natural Red Oak Flooring Pictures

Red oak flooring is a durable hardwood option that has a traditional straight grain and a hint of red or pink in the unfinished boards. Once you’ve chosen red oak as the right hardwood for your floor, pick a finish that matches your style, the feel of the room and the way the room is used.

Natural Red Oak Flooring Pictures

We feel that no other hardwood flooring in the industry is manufactured to higher quality standards than a Somerset hardwood floor. Flooring in the Homestyle Collection carries our Lifetime Structural Integrity Limited Warranty and a 50-Year Finish Wear Layer Limited Warranty. Please read the entire warranty, which we call the “Somerset Commitment” here. We take great pride in the products we offer and want our customers to be completely satisfied with our flooring. Our warranty coverage is intended to give you peace of mind that you are purchasing a quality product from a highly reputable company. Please keep in mind that Somerset manufactures flooring, not finished floors; the flooring installer must complete the finished product. Many critical decisions must be made at the installation site, and therefore are the sole responsibility of the installer and owner. Please make sure to read our entire warranty document, so you understand the installer’s, and your, responsibility to insure a successful installation. In addition, we suggest you read our care and maintenance information as proper routine and preventative maintenance is important to your continued satisfaction with your floor.
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Natural Red Oak Flooring Pictures

Pre-Finished When you’ve decided on your color, sealer and finish type, the final decision is whether to buy your flooring pre-finished or unfinished. Pre-finished floors are more expensive in the beginning, but the finish tends to last longer than those applied onsite to unfinished floors. Pre-finished red oak has up to 10 layers of sealer that’s treated with ultra-violet rays to increase its durability. That kind of treatment isn’t available on a job site, so you can’t have the same durability with unfinished floors. The benefit to unfinished floors is that you have more control over the color of the wood; many types of pre-finished hardwood has several color variations in the same box to add visual interest to your floor. Staining it onsite helps develop a more consistent color across your red oak floor.
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Natural Red Oak Flooring Pictures

When you’ve decided on your color, sealer and finish type, the final decision is whether to buy your flooring pre-finished or unfinished. Pre-finished floors are more expensive in the beginning, but the finish tends to last longer than those applied onsite to unfinished floors. Pre-finished red oak has up to 10 layers of sealer that’s treated with ultra-violet rays to increase its durability. That kind of treatment isn’t available on a job site, so you can’t have the same durability with unfinished floors. The benefit to unfinished floors is that you have more control over the color of the wood; many types of pre-finished hardwood has several color variations in the same box to add visual interest to your floor. Staining it onsite helps develop a more consistent color across your red oak floor.
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Natural Red Oak Flooring Pictures

White oak is slightly harder than red oak, and also more durable. However, both types are notably stiff and dense, have high shock resistance, and resist wear. Because of the high concentration of tannic acid in white oak, it is particularly resistant to fungi and insects.
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The color of your floor sets the tone for the room. When you love the look of natural wood, red oak is one type of flooring that can hold up well to clear coats because of its color variations. Light-colored stains create a warm, casual feel in your room, while darker stains tend to be more formal. When you’re laying hardwood in a family room, opt for a medium or light stain. If you’re redecorating your formal living and dining areas, try a deep-colored stain.
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Color The color of your floor sets the tone for the room. When you love the look of natural wood, red oak is one type of flooring that can hold up well to clear coats because of its color variations. Light-colored stains create a warm, casual feel in your room, while darker stains tend to be more formal. When you’re laying hardwood in a family room, opt for a medium or light stain. If you’re redecorating your formal living and dining areas, try a deep-colored stain.
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In other words, the particles of stain pigment have fewer places where they can wedge themselves and those places are not regularly spread through the wood. Pine has the same variations in pore wall density, but to make matters worse, coniferous wood fibers contain resin or sap that actively resists stain. Even though stain manufacturers provide sample chips of stained maple or pine, do not be fooled; those sweet little chips are easy to stain precisely because they are little. Over a large, uninterrupted area like a floor, blotching and mottling will be much more apparent. Red oak and white oak floors absorb stain more uniformly, but be aware that there is a difference between the density of earlywood (or springwood) and latewood of these species. As you can see from the photo above right, the more porous springwood stains considerably darker than the dense latewood, giving the boards a distinct zebra-striped look. Once a customer understands the ramifications of staining a floor, the idea of a clear-coat finish starts to look very attractive. However, if you are one of those stalwart types who, despite all the warnings, declares that you are ready for the challenges of stain, there are some things you can do to make the process easier and more successful. Proceed to the page Yes, I Know Staining Is a Headache…I Am Going to Try It Anyway.