The Different Types of Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring comes in many different species with each having its own look, feel, and personality.

Hardwood Flooring can be ordered as prefinished or unfinished. Prefinished flooring is more convenient than unfinished and sanding is not required. There is virtually no sawdust clean-up and drying time to deal with. Hardwood flooring offers beauty, comfort and a solid value for your home.

Maple Flooring is floors is an incredibly pale, creamy white color with slight shade differences from board to board. Depending on the grade chosen, Maple flooring can contain minimal to many brownish/black mineral streaks, Maple graining is quite light and fine and most of times barely discernible. Grain will range between uniformly straight lines to curly patterns. Some cuts of Maple flooring will contain graining called “birdseye.” (a distinctive pattern of small marks that resemble tiny eyes).

Bamboo Flooring is an excellent choice for homes with pets, for many different reasons. It’s harder than the hardest hardwoods, meaning it will stand up to more traffic. It won’t wear out, and it’s completely renewable, so it makes a good choice for those who are trying to be green. It is stain resistant, so people don’t have to worry about accidents or spills. Due to bamboo’s hardness, it will save money compared to repairing other types of flooring.

Oak Hardwood Flooring is a traditional Flooring choice that is sturdy, beautiful and has a timeless look. Oak is generally more red on color, but there’s a grain difference too. Oak is a lighter color than some other woods that are used for hardwood flooring.

Solid Hardwood Flooring is just what it says, Solid. Solid hardwood flooring can be refinished or re-coated multiple times throughout their lifespan more times than engineered hardwood because it is thicker.

Brazilian Cherry can come from the sapwood or the heartwood of Jatoba tree. Brazilian Cherry flooring is very durable and resists denting and traffic wear quite well. Brazillian Cherry is especially good for busy homes or small businesses.

Brazilian Teak. is a very hard exotic wood with a striking appearance and is also known as Cumaru or Southern Chestnut in other regions.

Cherry Wood is relatively dense and has a close grain. The texture is fine and even. Cherry wood varies from rich to reddish brown, while Walnut has a rich, dark brown tone. It’s rich reddish-brown coloration and distinct grain patterns distinguish it from other domestic Flooring species.

Hickory is among the hardest domestic wood species which is highly popular for the natural color variation and unusual graining. Coloring for Hickory Hardwood flooring ranges from creamy whites to medium browns (with even darker browns in a few rustic grades). Hickory is most in-demand in wider planks because more narrow strips of Hickory may start looking pretty busy with all the current unique and interesting graining and variation inside the boards

Most people think that all types of hardwood flooring, from Mahogany to Birch and everything in between, are the same. But there are a lot of differences to consider.

Of course this isn’t all the different types of flooring; I have just listed a few.

For more information on a type of flooring you do not see listed, please give Brothers Flooring and Remodeling a call. We would love to answer your questions.

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