red oak hardwood flooring

At Floor Coverings International Triad, we carry thousands of flooring options, from luxury vinyl tile to cork. One of the most popular flooring options for homeowners living in the greater Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point area is red oak. This striking hardwood adds warmth to any décor. Read on for more information about red oak and to see if it is right for your Greensboro home.

The Oak Family

There are hundreds of species of oak native to the United States but only two are used for flooring: white and red. Although these hardwoods share a name they look very different.

Red oak is lighter with red undertones, which is usually a dead giveaway. However, sometimes it is hard to tell them apart when the floors have been stained. In that case, some of their biggest differences lie in their grain patterns. White oak has simple, straight grain lines and orderly, predictable swirls. Red oak, on the other hand, has wild and wavy grain lines and big, exaggerated swirls. Red oak is a great choice for traditional or rustic homes. White oak is often found in modern aesthetics.


Red oak is a strong hardwood. With a Janka hardness rating of 1,280, your red oak floors will stand the test of time. This hardwood is fairly low maintenance, only requiring sweeping, vacuuming, and an occasional refinish. In terms of value and longevity, you can’t go wrong with red oak.


Red oak is grown in the United States, which means that it is not shipped from overseas. This cuts down on the pollution that comes from shipping flooring materials across the ocean. This tree is sustainably grown up and down the eastern seaboard.

Find Your Dream Floors

For more information and to schedule a free, in-home consultation, give the flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Triad a call today. We can help you find your dream floors.

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