What to know about hardwood flooring species
No wonder wood flooring is so popular! These floors add style and come with countless benefits.
Not all hardwood is the same because some are harder than others. It's also essential to understand the differences between domestic and exotic species.
Here’s a guide to some of the most popular domestic and exotic species.
Domestic species: more traditional and warmer
1. White oak is one of the hardest woods, making it ideal for high-traffic areas. It has a fine grain and smooth texture that complements many types of decor, from traditional to contemporary, rustic, etc.
2. Red oak wood flooring has overt grain patterns. The colors range from pink to red to reddish/brown.
Come into our showroom to see brands from Bella Citta, Mohawk, Bruce, Chesapeake, etc.
Other popular domestics include:
3. Hickory: robust, dense, and the hardest domestic.
4. Ash: bold grains and a color variation from white to brown.
5. American cherry: colors and graining tones that vary.
6. Maple: so hard it is used in some commercial spaces. It has a fine grain and a creamy white color.
7. Walnut: softer. With a deep brown hue and fine graining.
Determine your color and grain preferences when exploring the hardwood flooring company by looking at samples and magazine photos.
Exotic species: Dark, dramatic colors
Popular ones include:
1. Brazilian cherry with a flaming red color.
2. Tigerwood is pale gold and has a distinctive graining.
3. Brazilian teak with minimal graining and a color that ranges from tan to brown to red.
These solid hardwood flooring species are harvested in Brazil, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, and Africa. Some say they're more contemporary.
They are also pricier.
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When shopping for hardwood flooring, ask about the Janka Scale, which determines a wood's hardness. Our family-owned company has more than 30 years' experience.
Visit our showroom in Warner Robins, GA. We're convenient to Macon, Fort Valley, Hawkinsville, and Perry.