Red Oak

Red Oak

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Red oak is the most valuable species of all the oaks. It is a heavy and strong wood, generally used for interiors such as flooring, furniture, boxes, and veneers. The color is a light to medium brown with a reddish tone that gives it its name (as opposed to White Oak).  The wood grain is straight with an uneven, course texture. Red Oak is easy to work with with both hand and machine tools.  It is important to note that due to the tannic acid in Red Oak, it can stain when combined with iron, particularly if wet.

Species: Quercus rubra

Other Names: northern red oak or champion oak

Red Oak Origin: Canada (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward I., Québec); United States (Mississippi, Minnesota, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Louisiana, Kentucky, Kansas, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Ohio, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Missouri, Georgia, District of Columbia)

Appearance: Red Oak has a course texture and is straight-grained, hard, tough, very stiff, and strong.

Tree Size: 80-115 ft (25-35 m) tall, 3-6 ft (1-2 m) trunk diameter

Average Dried Weight: 44 lbs/ft3 (700 kg/m3)

Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .56, .70

Janka Hardness: 1,220 lbf (5,430 N)

Modulus of Rupture: 14,380 lbf/in2 (99.2 MPa)

Elastic Modulus: 1,761,000 lbf/in2 (12.14 GPa)

Crushing Strength: 6,780 lbf/in2 (46.8 MPa)

Shrinkage: Radial: 4.0%, Tangential: 8.6%, Volumetric: 13.7%, T/R Ratio: 2.2

Workability: When properly dried and treated, oak wood glues well, machines very well, and accepts a variety of finishes.

Sustainable: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) does not list red oak in its appendices.

The Forest Legality Initiative also states that red oak can be exported and traded internationally.

International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species (IUCN) does not list red oak as an endangered species.

Brazilian Lumber, LLC meets high standards for social, economic and environmental responsibility.  We monitor and document chain of custody of all our hardwood, we are Lacy Act compliant, IBAMA certified, and provide FSC certified options.  This means that purchasing from us, fuels the hardwood lumber economy in South American forests, and by providing well paying jobs for many people in turn means the industry values its conservation and preservation.


Available from 8feet to 16 feet lengths

All dimensions are for S4S boards (S4S stands for Surfaced all four sides)

1×4 (Net Finished Dimensions: ¾″ x 3 ½″)

1×6 (Net Finished Dimensions: ¾″ x 5 ½″)

1×8 (Net Finished Dimensions: ¾″ x 7 1/4″)

1×10 (Net Finished Dimensions: ¾″ x 9 1/4″)

1×12 (Net Finished Dimensions: ¾″ x 11 1/4″)

Would you like to talk to a hardwood decking specialist?  We would love to help you (877) 373-1522