Oak on its own is already a rare natural commodity. It takes years to harvest the perfect oak tree. If oak tree orchards are allowed to flourish, they will last for many years. While this will be rare these days, there are some famous oak trees out there that have managed to survive for a couple of hundred years at least. So, if oak in general is rare, just think how rare indigenous red oak would be. Red Oak planks in any home or business environment would also be a rare sight indeed and is something to be cherished, not just by those privileged enough to witness it, but by those who own these treatments.
Red oak planks are perfect as wooden floorboards. It seems ideal to be applied to the kitchen environment, always a bright and colorful area anyhow. Because of the bold statement that red oak will be making, perhaps it would be a good idea to conform to the original material’s rarity by using it sparingly. Consider it as an art form. Use it to create art for art’s sake. Do not go overboard if you will. While the red oak would look stunning on any veranda, do not consider its use if the veranda is not almost permanently enclosed and is always going to be exposed to the natural elements.
While there are organic solutions to help you preserve your wood, the labor may not be worth the effort. Red wood paneling on at least once side of a home study’s wall might be ideal in creating that bold sense of authority, dictating to others that the man (or woman) is in full control of his environment. And yet, the use of wood retains the sense of calm and serenity.