Red Oak Flooring in Bloomington, MN

Oak is the most popular variety of hardwood flooring today, and has been for many years in North America and Bloomington MN is no different. Over 50% of all the hardwood flooring available today is an oak species. Oak flooring comes in two varieties: white and red.

Red oak flooring has a warm, pinkish hue with prominent, snaking grain lines. Like white oak flooring, it can be finished with a clear sealant or stained to nearly any shade. Because red oak is so porous, the stain will go on smoothly and easily for nice, even color.

Strength & Durability

Red oak has wonderful strength when compared to similarly priced hardwoods. It has a rating of 1,290 on the Janka Hardness Scale, which is slightly lower than white oak’s rating.

Red oak flooring works wonderfully in areas with high foot traffic including the kitchen, entryway, and hallway. It’s a great option for the living rooms and dining rooms as well. Since the grain pattern is so prominent, red oak hides little scratches and dents better than other hardwoods.


Red oak is a more eco-friendly hardwood flooring choice due to it being a species native to North America. Since it’s a domestic product, the carbon footprint is lower and the trees can easily be replanted.


With regular cleaning and maintenance, red oak hardwood will last for generations. Be sure to immediately clean up spilled liquids to prevent warping and staining. Regular sweeping, dry mopping, and vacuuming are also important to catch the grit and dirt that can scratch your floor over time.

We also recommend that you have your red oak hardwood floor sanded and refinished about once a decade. This process buffs away surface scratches and dents that build up over time and adds a clear coat of polish. Over the lifetime of your red oak, it can be sanded and refinished at least 7 times. Since this is a hard task, we recommend hiring a professional. Give the experts at Floor Coverings International Bloomington a call when the time comes.