Red Oak is the most popular choice of woods at StairPartsUSA.com. Red Oak represents a great value because it is the most readily available hardwood in North America. Red Oak's graining tends to be straight and pronounced. It is considered hard and dent resistant. It tends to be porous and accepts stain well. It is stained in many different shades from light to dark but is seldom clear coated. It is a popular choice for flooring, so it is a natural choice for stair parts. Its strong graining and rougher texture take more sanding that many other woods.