You’ve made the decision to install new wood floors. That’s great! You’re so excited. What kind of wood flooring should you choose? There are many species of wood, each with its own unique characteristics, such as texture, color and hardness. How can you choose? These are the most popular options that you can choose from to help you make a decision about which one is best for you and your house.
1. OAK (HARD, MEDIUM COLORED, DISTINCTIVE GRAIN PATTERN)
Oak is a very common and affordable tree. Oak is a very popular choice because it is durable. It is resistant to stains and dents as well as scratches. Its distinctive grain pattern of waves of brown and beige, with small black areas in the middle, adds visual interest.
2. ASH (HARD, LIGHTER COLORED DISTINCTIVE GRAIN PATENTER)
Ash can be used in lighter colors if you are looking for a more economical option. You can choose from pale brownish colors to almost yellow. Ash is distinguished by its distinctive, dotted pattern of grain. Its durability makes it ideal for homeowners who have kids or pets.
3. MAHOGANY is HARD, DARKER and RESISTANT TO MOISTURE
Mahogany, another durable species, is used in musical instruments that last generations. Because of its rich and dark color, mahogany gives off a luxurious, upscale appearance to any room. It is resistant to water, making it an ideal choice for bars and kitchens.
4. CHERRY (HARD REDDISH HUE, DARKENS DURING AGE, LARGER PLANS)
Cherry is a great choice if you prefer rich reds. This wood can turn from reddish to nearly maroon as it ages. It can be from the U.S. (Sao Paulo) or South America (Jatoba). Its color can vary depending on the planks. Therefore, larger boards are used to give it a uniform appearance.
5. AMERICAN BLACKWALNUT (SOFTER DARKER, INTRICATE GRAIN PATTERN)
This species is known for its richer color and intricate texture patterns. It makes rooms appear more sophisticated and elegant. You’ll need to protect this wood with rugs, as it is a softwood. It is well-suited for areas with low traffic like bedrooms and dens.
THE JANKA SCALE
A Janka scale, which is industry-wide, measures the wood’s hardness. Janka testing measures the force needed to insert a steel ball measuring.444 inches into the wood. It is half the diameter. The Janka rating for flooring wood should be at least 1,000. The NWFA (National Wood Floors Association), website has an example of the Janka Scale.
There are many wood species available and you can choose from different plank widths. We have samples of all wood species and can help you explore your options in a relaxed setting.
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