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R.L. Colston 3/4" x 2 1/4" Red Oak Select

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R.L. Colston- 3/4" x 2-1/4" Red Oak Select 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.

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.

Don't forget the molding and stair treads!
Click here to find our extensive selection of Moldings & Accessories for you to match wood species to your new floor.
(Who else can do that?)

 


  • Brand:  R.L. Colston
  • FLOORING SKU:  10012753
  • SAMPLE SKU:  10012321
  • Trade Name:  Red Oak
  • Marketing Name:  Red Oak
  • Janka Rating:  1290
  • AC Rating:  N/A
  • Grade:  Select
  • Color Shade:  Light
  • Width:  2 1/4"
  • Thickness:  3/4"
  • Construction:  Solid
  • Installation Type:  Glue, Nail
  • Sq. Ft. Per Box:  1
  • Hardness Rating:  Benchmark at 1290 on Janka Scale
  • Waste:  10%
  • Weight per box/unit:  2.75
  • Installation Details:  Installation Guide
  • Catalog Page:  R.L. Colston Catalog Page

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R.L. Colston3/4" x 2 1/4" Red Oak
 
4.4

(based on 188 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (106)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (64)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (98)
  • Beautiful color (84)
  • Durable (82)
  • Attractive finish (71)
  • Easy to clean (38)

Cons

  • Prone to warping (7)
  • Difficult to install (5)

Best Uses

  • Living room (108)
  • Dining room (104)
  • Family room (96)
  • Bedroom (88)
  • Office (64)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (78), Professional (33), Casual do-it-yourselfer (31), Beginner (16), Novice (7)

Reviewed by 188 customers

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5.0

Very Good Product!

By Owner

from Saginaw, Mi.

About Me Professional

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Install
  • Very Low Waste

Cons

  • Must be sanded and finished.

Best Uses

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

Comments about R.L. Colston 3/4" x 2 1/4" Red Oak:

Easy install and very well sorted lumber.

Service and delivery comments:

Glad to have the Saginaw Mi location

 
5.0

Great flooring, best price and excellent service!

By ange

from mount prospect,il

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Pros

  • Attractive Finish

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Room

    Comments about R.L. Colston 3/4" x 2 1/4" Red Oak:

    Match existing floor perfectly!

     
    5.0

    Good quality at a great price!

    By Cooter

    from Artesia, NM

    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

    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 2 1/4" Red Oak:

      As a novice flooring installer, this product is absolutely the easiest, hardiest, and best-looking flooring for the price.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great for blending in with original flooring

      By jc

      from New Haven, CT

      About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • throughout the whole house

          Comments about R.L. Colston 3/4" x 2 1/4" Red Oak:

          We took down the walls separating our living room, dining room, and kitchen to create an open floor plan. We used this product throughout the kitchen and blended it into the existing red oak from the other two rooms. After sanding and staining, you can't even tell that some is brand new and some is 65 years old.

           
          4.0

          Great product lays down tight!

          By Chris

          from Bremerton WA

          About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install

          Cons

          • Mill marks noticable before sanding (typical)

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about R.L. Colston 3/4" x 2 1/4" Red Oak:

          Nice flooring goes down well

          Service and delivery comments:

          Great delivery service, very nice and fast!

           
          5.0

          2 1/4" Red Oak - Select

          By Brad

          from Berlin, CT

          About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • A few pieces leftover
          • Beautiful Color
          • Durable

          Cons

          • I did not encounter any issues with installation

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about R.L. Colston 3/4" x 2 1/4" Red Oak:

          Overall, the staff at lumber liquidators were very helpful in estimating material for the job. I would
          purchase again at Lumber Liquidators.

           
          5.0

          Great product at a very competitive price

          By Rico

          from Bridgeport CT

          About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Attractive Finish
          • Beautiful Color

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about R.L. Colston 3/4" x 2 1/4" Red Oak:

            Kitchen, pantry and foyer

            Service and delivery comments:

            Delivery was on time and in a .very good condition. Also customer service was very good.

             
            4.0

            I was happy with this product.

            By Marc

            from Vermont

            About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

            Pros

            • Beautiful Color
            • Durable
            • Easy To Clean

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about R.L. Colston 3/4" x 2 1/4" Red Oak:

              I am happy with this floor. It was a hallway, wasn't large, about 125 feet but had eight door openings and all but one went to another style flooring so it took a while for me to do. There were maybe 25% crooked planks but there is no way around that with natural wood. I just cut down some of the longer ones that were crooked and was able to use them that way. I bought 138 feet, the area was 125 feet and I had about 6 feet left over, so there was very little unusable product. I'm happy, I would buy it again.

               
              5.0

              Oak Floors

              By Hondo 61

              from Morgan City, La

              About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Bedroom
                • Dining Room
                • Family Room

                Comments about R.L. Colston 3/4" x 2 1/4" Red Oak:

                I installed it in my sons bedroom and it looks Great!

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Good quality, minimal waste

                By WMD

                from Baltimore

                About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                Pros

                • True to grade / very few knots & splits
                • Variety of attractive grain patterns

                Cons

                • Time consuming to install due to plank width

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about R.L. Colston 3/4" x 2 1/4" Red Oak:

                It's quality flooring for a site-finish application (as opposed to pre-finished). I wanted site finish because I was matching it to some existing red oak that "came with the house." It matched perfectly in size and tone to the existing (which is 30 years old). I didn't stain it, and I used satin polyurethane with good results. The "site finish" also means that the poly forms a "skin" filling any hairline gaps between boards, which is something you don't get with pre-finished flooring (but it's a lot more work). It took me 4 weekends of all-day labor to install about 400 sqft. Strongly recommend using cleat nails as opposed to staples for this flooring - I had 0 jams or misfires, even with a cheap-o flooring nailer. Only about 10 boards in 20 boxes had "milling errors" like bad tongues, etc. or really prominent knots, so this is quality stuff. However, you need to give it a light sand before finishing because there will be some mill marks and burnishing (from friction in transit) that cause patches of "shine" on the boards. This comes right off and can be done with a hand orbital sander before you screen the whole floor lightly. Bottom line: If you want to slap something down in a weekend, don't buy this floor - get some pre-finished float flooring. This is a lot of work to install. But it's the real deal and will last a long time if done right.

                Service and delivery comments:

                Pickup at LL was easy and issue-free. I rented a truck from a nationwide chain to save on deliver fees. I fit 40 boxes in a 10' truck easily. It was about 2,200 lbs. of flooring total.

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                  • Q:

                    Why is there no warranty on this product?
                    Asked on 5/13/2015 by Indiana Hardwoods

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      Unfinished wood floor products do not have warranties.
                      Warranties apply to prefinished products only.
                      Thank you for your interest in our flooring products.

                      Answered on 5/13/2015 by cc-2
                  • Q:

                    Do you sell a square edge, red oak, 2-1/4",and Finished?
                    Asked on 4/1/2015 by talusmonkey from monument, co

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      Unfortunately we do not, all prefinished flooring manufacturers will have a bevel to one degree or another to accommodate over wood & splintering edges.
                      Thank you for your interest in our flooring products.

                      Answered on 4/1/2015 by cc-2
                  • Q:

                    What chemicals are the wood treated with for shipment and preservation
                    Asked on 3/25/2015 by bob from oakhurst

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      There are no chemicals used in the manufacturing process for this unfinished flooring product.
                      Thank you for your inquiry.

                      Answered on 3/25/2015 by cc-2
                  • Q:

                    What is the average length per bundle? What, typically, are the longet and teh shortest lengths to be found in a bundle?
                    Asked on 6/6/2014 by Mike

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      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 6/9/2014 by cc-3
                  • Q:

                    Can I install 3/4 redoak flooring over a concrete slab
                    Asked on 3/29/2014 by Althea from Pittsburgh, PA

                    2 answers

                    • CUSTOMER CARE

                      A:

                      Only with a plywood subfloor installed over the concrete OR if you use Elastilon Self Adhesive Underlayment as your installation system.

                      Answered on 4/1/2014 by Tech & Install
                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      Please call our Tech and Installation Dept. @ (800) 366-4204 for a detailed answer to your question. Thank you for your inquiry.

                      Answered on 4/1/2014 by Anonymous
                  • Q:

                    Is thsi product quarter sawn?
                    Asked on 5/21/2013 by Matt from 70123

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      This is a plain sawn oak product, for quarter sawn look at;

                      3/4" x 2 1/4" Rift/Quartersawn Red Oak
                      SKU: 10010587
                      Compare at $3.49/SFT
                      As Low As $3.09/SFT

                      Answered on 5/22/2013 by cc-2
                  • Q:

                    2 1/4" red oak select. Is this pre-sealed?
                    Asked on 3/14/2013 by Brian

                    1 answer

                    • CUSTOMER CARE

                      A:

                      R.L. Colston is an unfinished flooring that requires site sanding and finishing. Today's hardwood finishes are most durable and are applied in a quality controlled environment. We offer several pre-finish coatings, whereas most site-finished floors -sanded and finished at the job site- would only have two or three coats applied, then these must be air dried.

                      There are more advantages than disadvantages of pre-finished materials. Nearly all pre-finished hardwood floors will have beveled edges to some extent. On the other hand, site finished flooring will have a flawless uniform appearance when sanded. Many people with health concerns or respiratory issues choose pre-finished floors because these are installed without the usual sanding dust and fumes commonly associated with site finished floors. Another benefit is that these can be installed and walked on the same day!

                      Our Bellawood floors are factory pre-finished with an aluminum oxide water-base urethane using a multi-step application process. (8) coats are applied to most domestic and exotic wood species and each coat is hard-cured using Ultraviolet (UV) light. Bellawood pre-finished flooring offers superior wear resistance and is backed by a limited 100-year warranty! Maintaining the appearance of any wood floor requires close attention to in-door climate controls during seasonal changes.

                      Therefore, whether you choose one of our many “pre-finished” or “un-finished styles, we will have a floor for you. Let us know how we can help with your selection.

                      Answered on 3/20/2013 by Tech & Install
                  • Q:

                    What is select compared to the other unfinished red oaks?
                    Asked on 11/23/2012 by Jess

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      Select
                      This is a random length wood product that comes 1’ to 7’ in length, the average length is about 3.25'.
                      This is the top grade and the overall appearance shall be good. The face of strips shall be selected for appearance after finishing. This grade includes characteristics found in the unfinished grades of CLEAR and SELECT grade.
                      The following characters are admitted: unlimited sapwood and the natural variations of color; occasional small burls; light brown steaks not more than 1/8" in width and 6" in length or the equivalent; an occasional very small tight 1/8" knot; and limited 1/32" fine pinworm holes, may be included in any one piece when properly filled.
                      Natural
                      This is a random length wood product that comes 1’ to 7’ in length, the average length is about 2.5'.
                      The face of strips may contain sound wood characteristics which are even and smooth after filling and finishing. This grade includes some characteristics found in the unfinished grades SELECT, NO.1 COMMON, and NO. 2 COMMON.
                      The following characters are admitted; worm holes; season and kiln checks, broken knots up to 3/8" in diameter, minor imperfections in machining, torn grain and burns. Other characters will be admitted if they do not impair the soundness of the floor. All larger admitted open characters are to be properly filled and finished. Limited unfinished/unfilled small open grade characters permitted.
                      Large grub worm holes, splits extending through the piece, shake and similar unsound defects not admitted.
                      For naturally finished coloration- all the varying color characteristics of the wood admitted to include, Sticker Stain, and Dark Streaks up to 3/8" in width not to exceed 1" in length for each lineal foot.
                      STANDARD & BETTER PREFINISHED OAK
                      A combination of PRIME and STANDARD grade developing from the production run. Minimum average length 2 1/2'. Bundles 1 1/4' and up.
                      TAVERN, UTILITY & CABIN
                      This is a random length wood product that comes 1’ to 7’ in length, the average length is about 2'.
                      Should lay a serviceable floor.
                      A limited amount of unfilled/unfinished open characters admitted. A limited amount of pieces with finish irregularities such as bubbles, small skips, lines, stain/color variation, surface handling scratches, minor trash, and the like are allowed.
                      The following characters are NOT admitted: mis-manufactured boards; shattered or rotten ends; large open knots and other unsound defects of a similar nature; pieces with less than 1/4 full tongue.Minimum average length 2'. Bundles 1 1/4' and up.

                      Answered on 12/6/2012 by cc-2
                  • Q:

                    what are my installation options, as I can not nail it, we have under the floor heating
                    Asked on 8/28/2012 by Leanne from norwalk iowa

                    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 9/7/2012 by cc-2
                  • Q:

                    What is the recommended acclimation time for this product? We will be installing above grade on a concrete subfloor using the Elastion underlayment.
                    Asked on 8/14/2012 by Wills and a Way

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      ACCLIMATION/CONDITIONING THE FLOORING -SEE MOISTURE
                      All wood products are affected by environmental conditions especially prefinished materials. Acclimate the new flooring in the areas to be installed to normal lived-in conditions while in the boxes. Length of time is not the determining factor. The goal is to reach a moisture equilibrium or balance between the new flooring with its surroundings before installation. This balance could be achieved in as little as 1 to 5 days, or longer for some exotic species. For best performance, condition the flooring to consistent indoor temperatures of 60°-80° F and indoor humidity levels of 30% - 50%. Very dry or humid regions usually require extended conditioning. Recommended acclimation levels maintained even after the installation will minimize board movement, excessive squeaks and gaps.
                      Proper acclimation, moisture testing of the product and subfloor, even jobsite conditions all work together for the continued success of the installation and is the responsibility of those overseeing the project -the installer or wood floor owner.
                      You can find complete installation instructions on the product page by clicking on the specs tab and then clicking on - Installation Guide.pdf
                      Thank you for writing in.

                      Answered on 8/20/2012 by cc-2
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