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Red Oak Flooring Cost Guide

Red oak flooring can add plenty of aesthetic value to a home. This brilliant, durable hardwood offers many designer options for homeowners to consider. Red oak can add warmth and character to any room and coordinates well with rich wood furnishings. It can easily be used in a rustic setting as well as inside a luxury-style home. While both red oak and white oak can be used as hardwood flooring material, red oak is the most preferred type among U.S. homeowners. See why below.

The Costs 

  • Minimum: $1,520

  • Maximum: $1,930

The shape, quality and amount of red oak flooring used during installation can have an impact on the total cost. Discounted flooring for a 500-square-foot area can cost anywhere from $980 up to $1,240. Premium-grade hardwood floors can cost from $2,110 up to $2,700 while luxury or designer-grade averages out to be anywhere from $2,340 up to $2,990.

Available Options for Red Oak Flooring

Red oak flooring is in such high demand due to several factors. Red oak is more affordable than other domestic hardwoods. Its rich, honey-gold tone mixed with bold reds and pale pinks adds a distinctive look to any décor. This flooring is strong and durable; it is resilient to wear, impact and splitting.

Choosing to install red oak flooring is only half of the decision making process. This type of flooring is available in a wide range of stains and finishes. It is important for homeowners to choose a finish that matches their own personal style as well as the overall look and feel of the room. Light-colored stains tend to create a warm and inviting atmosphere while darker stains can add a more formal touch to the room. Light to medium-toned stains look best in family rooms while deeper stains work well in formal dining room areas.

The amount of shine that a hardwood floor has will determine how well it shows dirt and scuffs. A floor’s shine is based on its sheen. Homeowners can choose from flooring materials that are high-gloss, semi-gloss, satin or matte sheen. There are some sealers that are only available in shiny versions while others, such as polyurethane, are available in all sheens. Glossy sheens are ideal for low-traffic areas because they show the most wear over time. Satin and matte sheens work best with high-traffic areas such as the kitchen or living room.

After choosing the stain tone and sheen of red oak flooring, it is time to decide whether to buy prefinished or unfinished materials. Prefinished flooring can be more expensive, but it will last longer and requires less maintenance, saving the homeowner money over time. Unfinished materials cost less and provide buyers with the option to have more control over the color of their flooring. 


Red oak hardwood flooring can add character to a home and make an average setting appear more sophisticated and stylish. The bright hues and wide range of color tones provide homeowners with plenty of options to choose from. In fact, there are more than 200 different red oak subspecies that produce various grains and colors, based on where the trees were planted. Red oak coordinates well with all types of oak furnishings such as dining room tables or bookcases. It also stains well and ranks very high on the Janka scale at 1290, making it a good, durable choice for homes with pets, young children or high-traffic areas.

If needed, red oak flooring can be refinished easily, which helps it to retain its natural beauty much longer. It is also low maintenance and hypoallergenic like all other types of hardwood floor varieties. Red oak material is plentiful, making it an affordable material to consider, even though the final price will depend on the quality, grade and thickness of the flooring that is installed.


Like most hardwood flooring, red oak can be very expensive, depending on the quality of the materials purchased. Installation can also be tedious and take a long time to complete. For that reason, most homeowners choose to have their hardwood flooring professionally installed, which is another expense to consider.

Over time, hardwood floors tend to lose their shine, which takes away the natural beauty of the red oak's colors and hues and allows scuffs or other impurities to be more visible. In order to keep it looking its best, the floors must be waxed on a regular basis, especially after several years have passed. 

Red oak flooring can be very beautiful, and many who own it will agree that the advantages greatly outweigh the disadvantages. If a high-quality type of wood flooring is installed and it remains well-maintained over the years, this type of flooring material can continue to retain its shine. Hardwood flooring will always add more value to a home. It is an excellent investment for homeowners who have the right budget plan, and its long-lasting durability will keep any home looking pristine for decades.

Last updated on Jun 3, 2014

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