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A Guide to Different Hardwood Flooring Species

There are scores of different hardwood species. This wide selection can sometimes feel overwhelming. We hope this guide helps you in differentiating as well as better understanding different hardwood species.

Birch: Birch is native to the United States and is a popular species known for its visual similarity to Maple. It is typically pale in color with very fine graining. It should be known that while birch is occasionally more affordable than other hardwood species, it is also slightly softer.?However, as with all species of hardwoods we offer, our birch flooring is remarkably durable, eco-friendly, and can last for generations with the proper care.

Brazilian Cherry: A vibrant and eye-catching hardwood, it would be hard to find another hardwood species as uniquely toned as Brazilian Cherry. It is renowned for its strength, rouge and amber hues. The natural warmth of these shades adds an element of comfort and coziness to any space in which it is installed. It should be noted that Brazilian Cherry is exceptionally strong with one of the highest Janka ratings documented. In fact, this incredible durability and longevity is why we offer Brazilian Cherry.

Cherry: Cherry is one of the most popular species used for hardwood flooring. It?s available in several varieties. The most popular is American Cherry. American cherry, also known as black cherry, is notable for its red and pink hues as well as its tight, wavy grain. These are complemented by a lustrous finish. Though cherry is a very soft hardwood, it still manages to maintain good dimensional stability.

European Oak: European Oak is renowned for its popularity, beauty, and widespread appeal. In fact, this species is available in nearly every shade. This variety is also due to its premier stain-absorbing properties. This species is also known for its silkier, less linear grain pattern than that of its American namesake.

Hickory: Hickory is an especially dense, firm, and rigid hardwood. Originally used for baseball bats due to its durability, Hickory is now a popular flooring option, especially for use in high-traffic areas.

Maple: One of the hardest of any hardwood species, Maple is yet another exceptionally popular flooring option. It typically features minimal graining and a naturally smooth texture. It?s the best choice for those who don?t like their woods with much texture, graining or marks and knots.

Red Oak: As you can likely derive from its name, Red Oak is known for its blush hues. Atop these warm tones is a unique grain pattern. And much like that of White Oak, this species can sustain scrapes; however, its density leaves it incredibly resistant to impacts.

Walnut: With naturally rich chocolate tones, Walnut exudes warmth and charm. This hardwood is also marginally softer than other hardwood species. Walnut also has the additional benefit of reduced photosensitivity when compared to other woods.

White Oak: While not necessarily as white as its name implies, White Oak commonly features golden and silver tones. As mentioned above, while this hardwood is typically more resistant to impacts than what other floors can endure, it is possible to scuff it.

Every hardwood species offers its own unique appeal. While one homeowner may prefer a Maple floor, another may desire European Oak. And in fact, countless individuals opt to mix and match different species in their space to leverage their strengths and benefits.

Your design tastes have no right or wrong answer. So yes, if that is how you?d prefer to decorate, then it is perfectly alright to install a highly durable Hickory floor in the entryway while your bedroom is soothed by the warmth of Red Oak.

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