red oak hardwood

Red hardwoods like American cherry and red oak offer inviting warmth to the home. Many homeowners in the Hillsborough, Flemington, Princeton area choose these styles of American hardwood because of their deep tones and classic look. But which one is right for you? These two elegant styles may have similar colors, but their other characteristics vary in a few key ways. Our experts at Floor Coverings International® of Hillsborough are here to help you find out which style you should choose.



Red oak is a fairly hard material that ranks at 1220 on the Janka Hardness Scale. This means that if you drop something heavy on your red oak hardwood floor, it’s less likely to leave a dent.

American cherry is a softer hardwood. It ranks at 950 on the hardness scale.So, if you have pets or your furniture will be moved around a lot, American cherry might not be right for you.

It’s important to keep in mind that hardness is not the only measurement of durability for wood flooring. This measurement tells you how susceptible the wood is to actual dents. However it doesn’t give you any detail about other elements of durability including rot resistance and insect repellence.


Rot Resistance

Speaking of rot resistance – this is an area where American cherry excels. The heartwood of red oak hardwood is quite good at resisting decay. Red oak is not as good at resisting damage from moisture. It’s rated as non-durable, and will easily be stained by water. If you’re looking for an oak that won’t decay when it comes into contact with moisture, check out white oak. It’s often used in boat-making thanks to its impressive ability to resist moisture damage.


Grain Pattern

Cherry’s distinctive, swirling grain pattern that appears and disappears throughout each plank is a big reason for its wide popularity. It also often features small black pitch pockets that add even more depth to its beautiful grain. Oak has a very traditional grain pattern with slight color variations that make the designs quite bold.



Oak is widely available across North America, making it one of the more affordable hardwood flooring options available today. Cherry is slightly more expensive than oak. It used to be such a popular wood in the United States that it was hard to get ahold of a lot of cherry hardwood at a reasonable price. Luckily, the demand has gone down a bit in recent years, so you should be able to find a range of options for sale.


Are you interested in one of these elegant hardwood styles for your home in the greater Hillsborough, Flemington, Princeton area? Give us a call at Floor Coverings International® of Hillsborough! We offer free in-home consultations and estimates.


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