The Lowdown on Hardwood Species
So, you’ve decided to go with hardwood for your floors. Congratulations! That’s one decision down. But… now you have to decide on the species, or type of hardwood you want for your floors.
Here is a summary of the different species to help make the decision easier.
Walnut floors effortlessly upgrades the look of your home. Walnut hardwood has a large color range that is best brought out when given a textured finish, like a wire-brushed or hand-scraped finish. Even though it’s one of the softer species of domestic hardwood floors, its gorgeous graining camouflages dents and scratches.
Cherry flooring is known for its rich color and distinct character. Its natural shade stains nicely while still maintaining its famous deep-red hue. Cherry floors can complement any style of decor, from modern to classic, from contemporary to industrial.
Hickory flooring is known for its quality and sturdiness. It’s one of the hardest wood choices on the marking, making it suitable for high-traffic areas in your home. Hickory flooring is a great addition to any home and withstands the wear and tear of pets and children. It comes in a wide variety of colors and finishes to suit any style.
Exotics such as Brazilian Cherry, Ipe, Cumaru, Santos Mahogany and Acacia have a unique look with varying grain patterns. Choosing an exotic makes a room an instant talking piece, creating an effortlessly dramatic look.
Oak floors add a classic touch to your home. Oak goes really well with a large variety of furniture types, and offers great durability and resistance to wear and tear. Oak flooring comes in solid or engineered floorings options, and can be stained in a variety of colors.
But know that whatever species you go with is going to be gorgeous.
Why? Because, HARDWOOD. 😉