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R.L. Colston 3/4" x 3 1/4" Red Oak

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R.L. Colston- 3/4" x 3-1/4" Rustic 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.

- 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.

What is "Rustic Grade"?
Rustic grade flooring will have knot holes and open character which will readily fill and the most color variation. A limited number of pieces with no tongues which may be face nailed are also permitted.

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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  • Brand:  R.L. Colston
  • FLOORING SKU:  10004298
  • SAMPLE SKU:  10001596
  • Trade Name:  Red Oak
  • Marketing Name:  Red Oak
  • Janka Rating:  1290
  • AC Rating:  N/A
  • Grade:  Rustic
  • Color Shade:  Light
  • Width:  3 1/4"
  • Thickness:  3/4"
  • Construction:  Solid
  • Installation Type:  Glue, Nail
  • Sq. Ft. Per Box:  21
  • Hardness Rating:  Benchmark at 1290 on Janka Scale
  • Waste:  10%
  • Weight per box/unit:  56.70
  • Installation Details:  Installation Guide
  • Catalog Page:  R.L. Colston Catalog Page

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

(based on 42 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Beautiful color (30)
  • Durable (27)
  • Easy to install (22)
  • Attractive finish (20)
  • Easy to clean (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Living room (25)
  • Dining room (23)
  • Family room (23)
  • Bedroom (18)
  • Office (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (19), Casual do-it-yourselfer (12), Beginner (5), Professional (4)

Reviewed by 42 customers

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3.0

Decent Value for the price

By JB

from New Jersey

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Cheap

Cons

  • Difficult To Install

Best Uses

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

    Its utility red oak. It came as advertised and a lot of pieces were unusable. You have to buy 30-40% more than you need but the price made this well worth it.

     
    4.0

    handsome floor

    By David the reluctant DIYer

    from Mississippi

    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Attractive Finish
    • Beautiful Color
    • Durable

    Cons

    • Prone To Warping

    Best Uses

    • Bedroom

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

    I used this to repair older floor and water damage to a 50+ year old home. The description is fair. The floor is solid and moderately easy to install. Finishing is as much a chore as anything (read about polyurethane before you get started.)

    The warning I would give to anyone that is in a more humid climate is to let it sit in your house for a good while. We had some cupping even though it sat in the house for over a week prior to being put down. But that's on me; they warn you to wait at least 48 hours but further research showed it could be weeks before it was cured. Either way, its a pretty floor, and worked as advertised.

    Installing it, I found the 3&1/4 to be somewhat unforgiving when there were warps. Some packages seemed nearly flawless, and some not so much. I used nearly everything though, and forcing the less straight pieces in may be what exacerbated the cupping (squeezing it in.)

    Hope this helps. I have more to do and will probably buy the same thing.

    Service and delivery comments:

    I picked the flooring up. It took a bit longer to get it than I hoped, but it was not what I would characterize as a lengthy delay.

     
    5.0

    Fabulous

    By Karen from NY

    from NY, NY

    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Attractive Finish
    • Beautiful Color
    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Whole House Except Baths

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

      This is the 2nd time I'd purchased from LL. 2nd time was on sale and got a awesome deal making the purchase even greater in my mind. As for the flooring, this product is gorgeous. Works well throughout the home including the kitchen. If goal is rustic/country/character/casual, it needs only sanding and poly as the boards have many colors throughout and a lot of it.

       
      5.0

      Mullet, work up front, party in back

      By deaderthancool

      from Hartford, CT

      About Me Professional

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Affordable
      • Beautiful Color
      • Unique Look

      Cons

      • Many Short Pieces
      • Some Miscut Grooves
      • Some Miscut Tongues
      • Some width variation

      Best Uses

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

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

      This is an excellent product that looks beautiful in any home. The install is not as easy as when using select grade but the finished product is really worth the extra effort. When finished with just polyurethane, this flooring develops such a warm color with lots of tonal variety. The best part of choosing rustic oak is that you can tell it's real wood.

       
      4.0

      I would buy this and do this again

      By Tim the Beginner

      from Indianapolis,IN

      About Me Beginner

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Entry
        • Family Room
        • Living Room

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

        We Replaced most of our carpet in the family rm,entry and living room. The floor went down pretty easy with the exception of a few bad planks without tongues but you can always use those for closets.This Projest took about 2 wks after working hrsand weekends. We love the way it turned out!

         
        4.0

        Great product, installed easily!

        By First-timer Tom

        from Cleveland, OH

        About Me Beginner

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Dining Room

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

          We covered an existing (badly worn) oak floor in our dining room, ending at the transition to the original floor. The new floor installed easily, sanded down quickly and cleanly (much faster than the worn down living room) and looks great. The variation of size in the pieces was daunting at first, but ultimately we were able to do the entire 290 sq ft room without cutting a single board's length. Very impressed with the quality of this "rustic" red oak flooring.

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Ripped Off !!

          By custom builder

          from Loudonville NY

          Verified Reviewer

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

          web site had the product as natural grade....came in as rustic grade. Store told me I could upgrade products to natural for additional cost /sq ft

           
          5.0

          Nice product great value

          By renovator13

          from Wheeling, WV

          About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

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

          Very few unusable pieces in the bundles. With careful planning we used just about everything. Looks great - can't beat the value.

           
          5.0

          Impressive!

          By LuvMyZoeyandShad

          from Long Island, NY

          About Me Beginner

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Beautiful Color
          • Durable
          • Easy To Install

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              I had been searching for this particular measurement and type of wood to fix my existing, yet damaged, 50 year old hardwood floor. None of the big box home improvement centers had what I needed, but Lumber Liquidators did!

              I easily found the size and type of wood online, was happy with the price, and went to the Westbury, Long Island store to see if they had some to see in person; unfortunately, they were temporarily out of stock. I needed it fairly quickly, so called a couple other stores and picked it up the same day at the Hauppauge store.

              The service at both the Westbury and Hauppauge stores, inside and on the phone, was excellent. The guys at Hauppauge were very helpful in giving me tips on installation (I'm a newbie).

              I'm happy to report that I'm about halfway done fixing the water damaged spots with the new flooring. It has been going down very easily against the old floor, with few modifications. All the tongue and grooves have been lining up, and with the hit of mallet, clicking together. I'm super happy with this product, and am looking forward to future projects!

              Service and delivery comments:

              The service at both the Westbury and Hauppauge stores was excellent. The gentleman at both places were busy with in-store and phone customers, but I still felt like I was the only customer they were waiting on. Very appreciative of the service and helpful advice!! Thank you!

               
              5.0

              Very pleased...again!

              By Michael G

              from Asheville, NC

              About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy To Install

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Rustic guest cabin-Perfec

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

                The fit and surface quality exceeded much more expensive Bruce products; no warping or bent boards! Prior to finishing, bare feet could feel no imperfections. After 2 coats of polyurethane, very light sanding of raised grain would be beneficial, but we did not do it because we wanted a rustic look. We love the occasional knots and overall finished look (3 coats, water based polyurethane. AND, the price was great. Our contractor couldn't believe it.

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                • Q:

                  How much extra is recommended for waste when purchasing this grade?
                  Asked on 3/26/2015 by Jay from Halifax NC

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    It truly depends on the final look you are trying to achieve.
                    RUSTIC GRADE
                    ALTERNATE GRADE NAME(S): Also referred to as Third Grade or #2 Common
                    SUMMARY: The purpose of Rustic grade flooring is to produce a floor suitable for homes, general utility use, or where character marks and contrasting appearance is desired. Rustic grade flooring has a lower average plank length than Natural grade flooring.When purchasing this grade be sure to add 10% -20% to complete the project.
                    DETAILED: Rustic Grade flooring may contain all natural variations in coloration and sound wood characters except severe defects such as: shattered or rotten ends, badly split ends, shake, advanced rot, or severe milling imperfections which would materially impair the serviceability of the floor. Knot holes and open characters which can be readily filled are admitted. Rustic grade pre-finished flooring may have a plank face that contains a limited amount of finishing imperfections including, but not limited to: light/moderate grainy surface, debris, streaks, uncoated bevel, dents/ scratches, lipped ends, or orange peel/ropey finish. Finish skips are not permitted. When assembled, Rustic grade flooring should not exhibit gaps exceeding 0.031"or end/side over-wood(e.g. height variation between adjacent boards) exceeding 0.030".
                    *NOTE: 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.

                    Answered on 3/26/2015 by cc-2
                • Q:

                  Can I mix some of this "Rustic" grade in with the "Utility" grade of the same width?
                  Asked on 12/21/2014 by Shoehorn from North AL

                  1 answer

                  • CUSTOMER CARE

                    A:

                    Yes, however there will be more waste with the Utility Grade.

                    Answered on 12/23/2014 by Tech & Install
                • Q:

                  Is "Rustic" grade the same as "Utility" or is "Rustic" a step grade better?
                  Asked on 12/21/2014 by Shoehorn from North AL

                  1 answer

                  • CUSTOMER CARE

                    A:

                    Yes, be aware that Utility Grade will have more waste.

                    Answered on 12/22/2014 by Tech & Install
                • Q:

                  Can this product be nailed to particle board subfloor? If not, what "minimum" thickness plywood would I need to nail it too?
                  Asked on 8/8/2013 by ramsey from nc

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    No, you need to add 3/8" CDX plywood on top for nailing strength.
                    Thank you for your inquiry

                    Answered on 8/13/2013 by cc-3
                • Q:

                  10x14 shed. plywood subfloor. can it be floated? can i just glue the t&g? thanks bob
                  Asked on 2/13/2013 by bob from United States

                  1 answer

                  • CUSTOMER CARE

                    A:

                    Best to nail this flooring, gluedown is not recommended. Urethane finish can't handle the dimensional changes that take place with extreme environmental shifts, HOWEVER you can use an unfinished hardwood (preferably quarter/rift sawn) finished with tung or other natural oils as with covered porch flooring. These site finished penetrating sealers expand and contract with the flooring without cracking.

                    Answered on 2/14/2013 by Tech & Install
                • Q:

                  Will I need to sand before staining?
                  Asked on 10/10/2012 by CB

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Yes, all unfinshed flooring needs to be sanded before staining and finishing.
                    Thank you for your inquiry

                    Answered on 10/11/2012 by cc-2
                • Q:

                  Do I need to purchase an entire bundle? I have this in my home and just need approx 2 sq.

                  Thanks,

                  Sharon
                  Asked on 10/7/2012 by Sharon from Kingsport, TN

                  1 answer

                  • CUSTOMER CARE

                    A:

                    Yes, this comes in 21 sq. ft. per boxs only.

                    Answered on 10/8/2012 by Tech & Install
                • Q:

                  What grade is this? What is the range of lengths? In addition what is the avg length.e.g 3 ft? How much additional needs to be ordered for waste?
                  Asked on 7/15/2012 by jo

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    This is a rustic grade material

                    Answered on 7/19/2012 by Patricia from 1024
                • Q:

                  Will I get exactly 21 sq. ft. in a bundle? How do I tell?
                  Asked on 4/19/2012 by helpwithflooring

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    All of our utilty unfinished mateiral is sold in bundles and has approximately 21 sqaure feet, the bundles may vary from 20 square feet to 25 square feet.

                    Answered on 4/23/2012 by Patricia from 1024
                • Q:

                  Is this the tongue and groove wood?
                  Asked on 4/13/2012 by rosario from hobbs, nm

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Reviewer

                    A:

                    Yes this is tongue and groove wood product.

                    Answered on 4/24/2012 by CC-2
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