red or white oak?


How is it possible to determine if an existing floor is "red oak" or "white oak" without removing or sanding any boards?
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You just look at it. If you know the differences, you can easily spot it. Most floors are red.
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If you cannot see the difference then you may have a friend who can.
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If you have any registers set into the floor (e.g., for forced-air heat and/or cold-air returns) you might lift one and see if you can spot some unfinished wood. Or if there's a transition to another type of flooring, poke around there and see what you can. Or if your flooring goes into a closet, try there, around the edges.
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wrote: | > How is it possible to determine if an existing floor is "red oak" or | > "white oak" without removing or sanding any boards? | | If you have any registers set into the floor (e.g., for forced-air | heat and/or cold-air returns) you might lift one and see if | you can spot some unfinished wood. Or if there's | a transition to another type of flooring, poke around there | and see what you can. Or if your flooring goes into a closet, | try there, around the edges. | | Cindy Hamilton |
I have found that white oak boards are more striped (blonde lines). whereas red oak boards are more solid tone.
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Red oak has open pores while white doesn't. Look at the end grain to see if pores are open "tubes".

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