There are quite a few options for those looking to install wood floors in their home. Each of the wood species has a specific projected lifespan and their own pros and cons. When it comes to resale value, knowing if it was hardwood, engineered wood, or laminate flooring was enough. Now, prospective home buyers want further details. With this in mind, we at Sequoia Flooring would like to share a handful of the most common wood species used for hardwood flooring in your home.
Common Types of Hardwood Used for Flooring
Maple: Maple, is similar to oak, but is darker and harder. For a sleeker, smoother feel, the maple produces the effect with a lighter grain color. Maple is a popular hardwood flooring option in modern homes. However, it is important to know it absorbs stains easier, allowing for more stains and has a tendency to develop a yellow coloring when it is exposed to direct sunlight.
Oak: Absorbing stains for easy finishing, the oak is an economical option as it is a strong-grained, and efficient. It is among the top used hardwood flooring in North America. To help retain the luster as they age and in homes where there are kids and pets walking back and forth, this wood is popular because the graining hides flaws, such as scratches and dents easily. Red oak will have the pinkish undertones and white oak will have the gold and brown undertones.
Pine: Pine is noted as an allure among homeowners as a hardwood floor option instead of a flaw though it is one of the softer woods on the market. During the installation process, the soft pin is easier to cut and work with, and to boost the wood’s authenticity dents and scratches are minimal. Because as the pine flooring ages the fibers will compress on themselves, the surface becomes harder over time.
Bamboo: Bamboo is a very popular eco-friendly choice with its sustainability. Bamboo is technically a grass, and only requires 4 – 6 years for it to mature as opposed to hard woods that take 50 years or more. The hardness is not lost however, as strand woven process leaves it harder than you may think. Bamboo is traditionally a lighter color, but caramelized options are available for those preferring the darker colors.
Brazilian Cherry: As the name suggests, Brazilian Cherry is a dark red color that continues to deepen with age. This flooring is very inviting and associated elegance, making it often a requested option for studies or dens. This wood is exceptionally hard, making it very durable. However, due to its hardness, it can be difficult to install and refinish.
Cork: Like the bamboo, cork is another eco-friendly selection. As opposed to the wood itself which makes it more sustainable, cork planks are produced from the bark of the cork oak tree. Making it both cushy to walk on and self-repairing from the indentations from furniture, the cork flooring has that same bounce-back feel as the cork boards do. Cork is impermeable to gas and liquid, giving it a natural resistance to mold and mildew; which allows this wood to be used in basements and even bathrooms.
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No matter which wood flooring you prefer, call in the experts of Sequoia Flooring to ensure it is done efficiently and in a timely manner. And if you aren’t sure, call us for a helpful consultation too!