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R.L. Colston Utility 3/4"x4" Oak Quercus spp. 1290 Unfinished Solid

R.L. Colston  3/4" x 4" Oak Flooring

R.L. Colston Utility 3/4"x4" Oak Quercus spp. 1290 Unfinished Solid
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SKU: 10010209
Our Low Price $1.59/sq. ft.
Over 1000 s.f. $1.49/sq. ft.
Save up to $0.10/sq. ft. (6%)
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R.L. Colston
3/4" x 4" Oak Flooring
Unfinished  Utility

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OA4U - 3/4" x 4" Oak Flooring Unfinished Rustic/Utility

Utility

Will have defects, knots, open knots, missing tongues, machine burns, splits in the wood and short pieces (12"-8').  No returns allowed.  This product comes in square-edge or v-groove and my be mixed product. Utility grade material is sold as is-no warranty, no returns, no cancellations. Utility grade material is on an accumulation basis which means this item may have an excessive wait time. Unfinished flooring is sold in open, strapped bundles and is not sold in boxes.

 


QUALITY GUARANTEE: NO formaldehyde is used in the manufacturing or construction of this flooring.

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  • Brand:  R.L. Colston
  • FLOORING SKU:  10010209
  • Trade Name:  Oak
  • Marketing Name:  Oak
  • Janka Rating:  1290
  • AC Rating:  N/A
  • Grade:  Utility
  • Color Shade:  Medium
  • Width:  4"
  • Thickness:  3/4"
  • Construction:  Solid
  • Installation Type:  Nail, Staple
  • Sq. Ft. Per Box:  1
  • Hardness Rating:  Benchmark at 1290 on Janka Scale
  • Waste:  30%
  • Weight per box/unit:  2.69
  • Installation Details:  N/A
  • Catalog Page:  R.L. Colston Catalog Page

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
3/4" x 4" Oak Flooring
 
3.7

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

64%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive finish (10)
  • Durable (10)
  • Beautiful color (8)
  • Easy to clean (4)

Cons

  • Difficult to install (7)

Best Uses

  • Dining room (7)
  • Family room (7)
  • Living room (7)
  • Office (7)
  • Bedroom (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (7), Casual do-it-yourselfer (3)

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful, durable, cheap. A lot of work

By Fisqual

from Columbus, OH

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Beautiful Color
  • Cheap
  • Durable
  • Easy To Clean
  • Exotic Appearance
  • Price

Cons

  • Difficult To Install

Best Uses

  • Bedroom
  • Dining Room
  • Family Room
  • Kitchen
  • Living Room
  • Office

Comments about 3/4" x 4" Oak Flooring:

This floor is absolutely beautiful. It has the nice warm undertones of oak, but since this is utility grade, the color and grain is much more varied. A few people confused it for more exotic woods that cost $5 a square foot!

It took me about 30 hours to install 280 square feet, but I spent a lot of time sorting out all the pieces before I put it down. I tried to reserve longer higher quality pieces for high traffic, high visibility areas and put knotty pieces under tables, in the closet, under door thresholds. I ended up with about 4% waste (NO JOKE!) And I didn't have any appliances or cabinets to put pieces under since I wasn't doing a full gut of the space.

TIP: buy a container of Bondo fiberglass body filler and fill in the knots. I put masking tape on the underside of any pieces with holes all the way through, filled the holes up with the fiberglass filler and used pieces someone else may discard (about 12% of the stock had holes all the way through).

If you throw this floor down without care you could easily have 35% waste. Just be mindful of using pieces with messed up tongues/grooves on the edges of things and you can end up using it as efficiently as me.

When you're putting down the finish (use OIL BASED POLY), pre-sand heavily so you can be sure to get a smooth finish (the height of some of the boards varies slightly). Then sand lightly between each coat of varnish so you get a really smooth finish.

The total cost for me to put down 280 square feet, including the product, tar paper, tape, bondo, finish, sandpaper and nails was around $600. You cannot beat that!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love this stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Bobbo

from Atlanta Georgia

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive Finish
  • Beautiful Color
  • Durable
  • Easy To Clean

Cons

  • Longer Install Time

Best Uses

  • Bedroom
  • Dining Room
  • Family Room
  • Kitchen
  • Living Room
  • Office

Comments about 3/4" x 4" Oak Flooring:

I am a licensed home builder in Georgia...I have built several homes. I put this stuff in my own home becaues its cheap, durable and beautiful.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Love it!

By Salty Oaks

from Mims, FL

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive Finish
  • Beautiful Color
  • Durable

Cons

  • Difficult To Install

Best Uses

  • Bedroom
  • Dining Room
  • Family Room
  • Kitchen
  • Living Room
  • Office

Comments about 3/4" x 4" Oak Flooring:

My husband and his buddies are avid do-it-yourselfers and it was a little challenging for them do to the amount of flooring laid (1600 sqft). The product is great hardwood and seems like it will be very durable. It is as the description said, some short pieces, burn marks, missing tounges/grooves or both. We finished ours with Rubio monocoat and love it. It is one coat and your able to walk on it in 24 hours.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

See previous review "Alot of Work!"

By TField

from Menifee CA

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive Finish
  • Beautiful Color

Cons

  • Difficult To Install

Best Uses

  • Entire house

Comments about 3/4" x 4" Oak Flooring:

see previous review entitled "Alot of Work!"

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Alot of work!

By TField

from Menifee, Ca

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive Finish
  • Beautiful Color
  • Durable

Cons

  • Bad groves
  • Bad tongues
  • Cracks and splits
  • Difficult To Install
  • Small peices
  • Unuseable endcuts

Best Uses

  • Entire house

Comments about 3/4" x 4" Oak Flooring:

We ordered 4000 SF of product for a 3000SF home. It was just about right.

The knots and colors are gorgeous! The floors will no doubt be the focal point of the house.

We filled the knots with Fiberglass Resin after testing nearly every other product on the market from stainable trowelable fillers to squeeze in glue type. The resin allows each hole to have some depth instead of just being a solid color. Mix up a small batch and dribble into each hole and crack. It sets up quickly and is sandable in two hours. In a few of the larger ones we dropped in treasures:). My husband is a car guy, so we put a little car in one. You can only really see it if youre looking for it.

Make sure to use the proper face masks when working with resin, and use in a well ventilated room.

Finally, we used Pure Rubio Monocoat without stain or color. There is already so much color in the wood, that any stain(in our opinion) would end up being too dark. It goes on in one application. No VOCs. If you are apprehensive about it, research and find out how durable and easy it is to work with. It finishes up with a hard matte surface. Not glossy at all. You see the true beauty of the wood.

I would caution you to not use splits or peeling (we called them Potato Chips). Discard those regardless on how perfect the board is otherwise. Sanding and finishing them is not possible. The finishing pads get stuck on them and rip the pad (and sometimes the board) apart, making you spot finish areas.

One other bit of advice. When you first begin; sort the unuseable boards as you duscard them. The pile becomes a onster quickly, and makes using them difficult.. We sorted by: ends cuts; good grooves; good tongues; firewood- splits that either side cant be used, potato chips(horizontal top splits), shredded wheat (bad loose grain) and any board that doesnt have something useable on. Then you can use the boards for piecing at walls.

Ill post up a few pictures when my computer gets set up:)

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

high character aged when laid flooring!

By Gilbert the Renovator

from New Orleans, LA

About Me Beginner

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Durable
  • High character

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Bedroom
    • Dining Room
    • Family Room
    • Historic homes
    • Living Room
    • New Orleans
    • Office

    Comments about 3/4" x 4" Oak Flooring:

    This floor went down beautifully; I haven't finished it but even unsanded and unfinished it's full of character and very attractive. There were not nearly as many unusable boards as I was worried there might be, except for those crushed by the delivery method of bundles. I can't wait to sand and finish. This floor would work perfectly in any home in New Orleans or the south, and/or any house that likes a historic look to it. The Oak is a classic home material and this high character oak looks much more like the wood that would have been used previously in our homes down here!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Oak Floor in a Timber Frame

    By Indiana Timber Frame

    from Bloomington, Indiana

    Pros

    • Attractive Finish
    • Beautiful Color
    • Durable
    • Easy To Clean

    Cons

    • Difficult To Install

    Best Uses

    • Bedroom
    • Dining Room
    • Family Room
    • Living Room
    • Office

    Comments about 3/4" x 4" Oak Flooring:

    My wife and I just built a timber framed house from an 1840's barn. We were looking for ways of cutting cost so we went with the utility grade flooring in oak. It was A LOT of work, but the end result was gorgeous. There are a tremendous amount of shorts in bundles as described, and I would include a 15% waste factor into any flooring estimates. Other than that, you can't beat the results for the cost.

    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Please have LOW exceptations...

    By Tee

    from San Diego, CA

    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about 3/4" x 4" Oak Flooring:

        You must expect most pieces to be 11" - 14" in length. There are VERY FEW long pieces, and most are un-usable because of machine burns. We began by sorting the flooring into like size lengths, then sorted out what we felt were disgard pieces. As we progressed, we were using more and more disgard pieces because we were running out. Plan for a minimum of 30% - 40% more than you need because truly, much of what you get will not be usable. My honest suggestion is to take a upgrade in what you buy. I love the knot holes and "rustic" quality, but I do not love that there is so much irregularity in width & depth. You can barley call these "engineered".

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Satisfied customer

        By Frugal Lulu

        from Appleton, WI

        About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about 3/4" x 4" Oak Flooring:

            I needed a low-price option for re-doing the floor in our master bedroom and I wanted wood, not carpet because of allergies. I also wanted something durable, yet something that I didn't have to worry about spoiling - kids and pet dogs.

            I read the reviews posted here and I was concerned whether I could handle this project. I prepared myself for the worst. I was very prepared and pleasantly surprised.

            The area I did was approx 12'x15' and a 5'x7' walk-in closet. I opened several bales and found many small pieces, as the description states. As the project progressed I found that I actually had many overly large pieces to work with - many over 5' in length. I had about 5% complete waste - great for the fireplace. On the pieces that had no tongues?... I ripped them and I used them in the doorway openings by the reducers.

            Starting the project was time consuming because I had to hand-nail the first 3 rows because the staple gun couldn't fit in tight to the wall - this took me several hours. Once I was able to use the staple gun, the project went very fast. I think in all I spent about 24 hours installing the floor (first-timer).

            The finishing was the fun part. I used a golden oak stain, one coat. For the top coat/protectant I used Tung Oil. Three coats and I sanded between coats 2 & 3. I LOVE the finish and it is everything I hoped it would be and then some!!! My little girl put a scuff in the floor and I buffed it out with a clean rag. Easy peazy, lemon squeezy.

            I found the knots and other 'defects' a bonus. They added more character. I filled some and colored them with a darker oil pen & blended with a black Sharpie - yes, I used a black Sharpie marker. The effect was great!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            nice floor

            By fixit

            from Washington DC

            About Me Professional

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Attractive Finish
            • Beautiful Color
            • Durable

            Cons

            • Difficult To Install

            Best Uses

              Comments about 3/4" x 4" Oak Flooring:

              The flooring wasn't as bad as I initially thought it would be after reading reviews. There were lots of shorts but I had quite a few longer pieces. The big problem with the pieces longer than 3' were they were warped or bowed and difficult to install. I put this floor down in our 9'x10' utility room and saved the less than perfect pieces for under cabinetry areas. I am very pleased with the product[...] I wouldn't recommend this floor for big areas ( kitchen, living, dining) but is perfectly usable for utilitarian areas and other small rooms. After all, it is utility grade and you do get what you pay for.

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              • Q:

                What are the minimum and maximum lengths approximately? I know the lengths are mixed.
                Asked on 11/8/2013 by Chris from Normangee TX

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  This product question would be better answered by our Sales Department, they are more familiar with all of our flooring products and can better assist you with your questions.
                  Please call our Sales Dept. @ (800) 476-0007. Thank you for your inquiry.

                  Answered on 11/8/2013 by cc-3
              • Q:

                Is this flooring sku 10010209 "utility" or is it finshed in some way?
                Asked on 3/27/2012 by Erin from portland, or

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  No, the utility grade Oak flooring you reference is not finished. Moreover, utility grade means the product will have defects, including but not limited to knots, open knots, missing tongues, machine burns, splits in the wood and short pieces (12"-8"). No returns allowed. Cabin, tavern, or utility grade hardwood can provide a low-cost option in hardwood. When purchasing this grade be sure to add 20%-25% to complete the project. This grade description is intended only to provide general characteristics of the identified wood grade, and is not all-inclusive. Specific wood characteristics and acceptance criteria may vary by wood species. Please feel free to contact our product specialists at 1-800-476-0007 with any additional questions or to further discuss your project.

                  Answered on 3/28/2012 by Angie from 1024
              • Q:

                Can this be put down on a cement slab foundation? If so, what preparations need to be done in advance?
                Asked on 10/16/2011 by Anonymous

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  I would not recommend this product for this application.
                  This is a solid 3/4" product designed to be nailed to a wood substrate.
                  Thank you for your inquiry.

                  Answered on 10/18/2011 by caustomer care 2
              • Q:

                can you put this over radiant floor heat?
                Asked on 4/26/2011 by jpascher from shelton, wa

                1 answer

              • Q:

                is this flooring tongue and groove flooring? I want to install it on a sloped ceiling and need tongue and groove.
                Asked on 3/24/2011 by tyler from lincolnton, nc

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Yes this is a tongue and groove floor.

                  Answered on 3/24/2011 by customer care 2
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