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Please find attached our before and after photos of our kitchen remodel. We went from a vinyl floor to an unfinished red oak floor which we stained to match the rest of the house.

Kimberly S.
3/4" x 3 1/4" Red Oak | Lumber Liquidators
R.L. Colston Select 3/4"x3 1/4" Red Oak Quercus Rubra Unfinished Solid

R.L. Colston 3/4" x 3 1/4" Red Oak

R.L. Colston Select 3/4"x3 1/4" Red Oak Quercus Rubra Unfinished Solid
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R.L. Colston- 3/4" x 3-1/4" Red Oak Unfinished Square Edge Solid Hardwood Flooring

R. L. Colston & Sons offers traditional 3/4" unfinished solid hardwood in a variety of species.  2-1/4" to 5" widths.

- Select Grade
- 3/4" Unfinished Solid Hardwood Floors
- 2-1/4" - 5" Widths
- Domestic and Exotic Species

- No warranty

Red Oak is America's most popular wood floor choice!
It is the benchmark for strength serving as the industry standard of hardness with a Janka hardness rating or 1,290. Its reddish-brown color tones give rooms of any style - from rustic to contemporary - a warm and cozy feeling. 
Red Oak will retain its beauty through years of wear and is almost unaffected upon sunlight exposure.

Please note unfinished flooring is sold in open, strapped bundles and not sold in boxes.  This product  must be purchased in bundles.  Bundle size may vary.

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Click here to find our extensive selection of Moldings & Accessories for you to match wood species to your new floor.
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  • Brand: R.L. Colston
  • FLOORING SKU: 10005630
  • SAMPLE SKU: SAMPLE-10011109
  • Limited Warranty: N/A
  • Trade Name: Red Oak
  • Botanical Name: Quercus Rubra
  • Marketing Name: Red Oak
  • Janka Rating: N/A
  • AC Rating: N/A
  • Width: 3 1/4"
  • Thickness: 3/4"
  • Construction: Solid
  • Installation Type: Nail, LL Approved Glue
  • Sq. Ft. Per Box: 1
  • Hardness Rating: Benchmark at 1290 on Janka Scale
  • Waste: 10%
  • Installation Details:  Installation Guide.pdf

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R.L. Colston3/4" x 3 1/4" Red Oak
 
4.3

(based on 36 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Beautiful color (23)
  • Easy to install (21)
  • Durable (19)
  • Attractive finish (17)
  • Easy to clean (16)

Cons

  • Prone to warping (3)

Best Uses

  • Living room (25)
  • Dining room (23)
  • Family room (19)
  • Bedroom (14)
  • Office (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (18), Casual do-it-yourselfer (6), Professional (4)

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5.0

Perfect match to my existing floor!

By mjames322

from Illinois

About Me Beginner

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive Finish
  • Easy To Install

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Dining Room
    • Family Room
    • Kitchen
    • Living Room

    Comments about R.L. Colston 3/4" x 3 1/4" Red Oak:

    I'm having my existing oak floors refinished, but had some warped areas that needed replacements. My contractor was able to cut and place these and they were a perfect match. And it was a great value as well!

     
    5.0

    Easy to install good quality wood

    By Xtreme Builders

    from McHenry IL

    About Me Professional

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Dining Room
        • Living Room

        Comments about R.L. Colston 3/4" x 3 1/4" Red Oak:

        Installed wood in living room and dining room.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent product

        By Glenn the floorer

        from Dayville, CT

        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Bedroom
          • Family Room
          • Living Room

          Comments about R.L. Colston 3/4" x 3 1/4" Red Oak:

          Bought 1300 square feet, by far the easiest product to install. I have purchased prefinished before, it was not as easy to install as this. Boards were straight and varied lengths, perfect. I only had a few boards that were not useable. Cracked. I highly recommend this product.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Just average

          By David

          from North Barrington, IL

          About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

          Pros

          • Beautiful Color
          • Easy To Install

          Cons

          • Tongues Torn Up
          • Too many short pieces

          Best Uses

            Comments about R.L. Colston 3/4" x 3 1/4" Red Oak:

            The product bundles had too many short strips and not enough long ones. I could cut the long strips down all day if I wanted so many short ones. Also, lots of tongues were torn up/missing.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            I was very pleased by this product

            By Scooter

            from Lawrence, Kansas

            About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Beautiful Color
            • Easy To Install

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Bedroom
              • Dining Room
              • Family Room
              • Living Room

              Comments about R.L. Colston 3/4" x 3 1/4" Red Oak:

              I thought that the quality of the product was adequate. My only problem was that I underestimated the amount of square footage that I needed. I ordered more of the same product. The new bundles that I received were not of the same quality nor the same exact width; so I had to be careful to keep the orders separate when I put them down.

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent unfinished flooring product

              By Mike

              from Seattle, wa

              About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Attractive Finish
              • Beautiful Color
              • Excellent Price Vs
              • Less than 5 percent waste
              • Price Vs Competition
              • Quality Of Select Grade

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Dining Room
              • Family Room
              • Kitchen
              • Living Room

              Comments about R.L. Colston 3/4" x 3 1/4" Red Oak:

              Overall I loved the red oak select unfinished wood. The quality was outstanding and really saved me a lot of time when putting the floor down because most pieces were excellent .... Only had about 5 percent waste or less!! I will admit I was skeptical at first because many reviews i read are on lower grades of wood. Although you pay more for a higher quality wood it is well worth it and lumber liquidators was still the best price in town!! I have never installed hardwood before but I followed the directions that are on the lumber liquidators website and it came out beautiful!! It was slow going at first to make sure the first 3 rows were absolutely straight ..... Since my wall was not .... But after that it went pretty smoothly .... Especially using a nematic nailer .... Really sped up the process and pulls ur rows together as u go.

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very nice product, looks great.

              By Frickster

              from Slidell, Louisiana

              About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about R.L. Colston 3/4" x 3 1/4" Red Oak:

                The floor goes down easy and looks great, i am well pleased with the end result!

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Select grade is the one I'd select

                By piklballboy

                from Seattle, WA

                About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about R.L. Colston 3/4" x 3 1/4" Red Oak:

                  We installed ~400 sq ft in two kids' bedrooms, a hallway and a stairway landing, and also replaced the old stair treads and risers (stripped the stairs down to the stringers). The end result was a beautiful, unfinished floor. Very few planks were off-width, so the final installation was very tight. We used perpendicular joints between the hallway and rooms, and the fit was spectacular. We ended up with a beautiful cross-grain look. Had a pro do the final finishing (Swedish finish / 3 coats), and we couldn't be happier. We originally were going to order quarter sawn, but in my opinion, the select was probably as good as it gets, and it was in-stock.

                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Board to board thickness not consistent

                  By Marty

                  from Harbor Springs, Michigan

                  About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Board to board thickness

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about R.L. Colston 3/4" x 3 1/4" Red Oak:

                  Board to board thickness has a lot of variation requiring inordinate amount of sanding.

                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Nice flooring, installation was a breeze

                  By A & A

                  from Cape Cod,MA.

                  About Me Professional

                  Pros

                  • Beautiful Color
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Install

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about R.L. Colston 3/4" x 3 1/4" Red Oak:

                    Delivery was expensive, my customer was very happy with the installation.

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                    13 Questions | 13 Answers
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                    • Q:

                      Approximately how many square feet are in a bundle?
                      Asked on 8/8/2017 by Laura loves cows from Bristow, OK

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Depending on mill/vendor ; 19 - 22 sq. ft.
                        Thank you for your interest in our flooring products.

                        Answered on 8/9/2017 by cc-2
                    • Q:

                      Is this wood "tongue and groove?"
                      Asked on 1/11/2015 by Drew from Romeo, MI

                      1 answer

                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                        A:

                        Yes.

                        Answered on 1/13/2015 by Tech & Install
                    • Q:

                      is red oak made of northern trees?
                      I understand oak from the north is a better quality?
                      Asked on 12/21/2014 by mike

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        This product is Appalachian Oak.
                        Thank you for your interest in our flooring products.

                        Answered on 1/2/2015 by cc-2
                    • Q:

                      Can this product be glued down to concrete subfloor after using the MVP moisture barrier then gluing it down
                      Asked on 4/13/2013 by Dee from Houston, Texas

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        This is a solid 3/4" product designed to be nailed to a wood substrate.
                        But can be installed over concrete using our Elastilon underlayment.
                        What you should know about Elastilon Strong
                        An Elastilon-backed wood floor is much faster to install than traditional nail or glue-down methods.
                        Elastilon Strong can be installed on new concrete floors, handling up to 3.9% moisture content. A vapour barrier of at least 6 mil PE should be used below grade and on newly poured concrete above grade where the moisture content is above 3.9%.
                        Laid down with a 5/8” (15 mm) expansion gap, Elastilon Strong creates a dynamic, floating floor that expands or contracts naturally with the hardwood.
                        Elastilon Strong has no odor and is free of volatile materials.
                        Elastilon Strong gives cushioned comfort.
                        1/8” (3 mm) thick Elastilon Strong has ratings of IIC 62 and STC 54.
                        Thermal resistance: R _ 0,15 (m K) / W
                        Elastilon Strong carries a 70-year limited warranty. Thank you for your inquiry.

                        Answered on 4/19/2013 by cc-2
                    • Q:

                      What is the difference between rustic, natural, and select? Are they all sanded and ready to finish?
                      Asked on 3/25/2013 by Conservative Kid from NW IA

                      1 answer

                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                        A:

                        All R.L. Colston Flooring is unfinished. Rustic, Natural, and Select are the grades of wood used in the manufacture of the flooring.


                        · Select - has the most uniform color with no knots and the longest average length of planks. Also referred to as Clear or First Grade

                        · Natural - has some color variation, mineral coloring and small pin knots. Also referred to as #1 Grade or Second Grade

                        · Rustic - has larger tight knots and the most color variation. Also referred to as #2 or Third Grade

                        Answered on 3/26/2013 by Tech & Install
                    • Q:

                      Is this select and better or common number red oak
                      Asked on 12/1/2012 by Pattie from St. Louis, mo

                      1 answer

                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                        A:

                        Select Grade

                        Answered on 12/17/2012 by Tech & Install
                    • Q:

                      Is it select or #1 or #2
                      Asked on 10/18/2012 by Burke from Utah

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Select Grade:
                        This is a random length wood product that comes 1’ to 7’ in length, the average length is about 3.25'. Thank you for your inquiry.

                        Answered on 10/23/2012 by cc-2
                    • Q:

                      Is the flooring available in longer average pieces than a average of 3', so that there are not so many short pieces.
                      Asked on 10/3/2011 by Anonymous

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        This is a selct grade flooring product.
                        What is "Select Grade"?
                        Select grade flooring will have the most uniform color with no knots, and the longest average length planks.

                        Answered on 10/4/2011 by customer care 2
                    • Q:

                      what is the shipping weight per box of this product?
                      Asked on 7/31/2011 by Anonymous

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Each box weighs approx. 62.61 Lbs.

                        Answered on 8/5/2011 by customer care 2
                    • Q:

                      I have brazilian mesquite installed in the hallway and bedrooms upstairs. I've come to find that it dents and scratches easily. I would like to install unfinished red oak downstairs in the family room (3/4 x 3 1/4). I was wondering if the red oak can be stained to match the brazilian mesquite, and how close the color match would be.
                      Asked on 5/30/2011 by SBD from Chicago, IL

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Reviewer

                        A:

                        Red oak is probably the best wood species for taking a stain. A good floor finisher should have no problem matching the color and finishing this product on site.
                        Usually a floor finisher will provide a few different stained & finished samples for you to choose from and to decide the best match.

                        Answered on 6/1/2011 by customer care 2
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