When you spend the money on wood floor restoration or installation, it is important to choose the right type of wood. Different woods provide different degrees of hardness, but they also have many aesthetic differences. Wood types vary in grain, color, and darkness. The perfect wood for one person may not be best for you, depending upon the look and feel of your home.
Red Oak is probably the most common type of hardwood floor. This wood works great with many types of stain and carries a light, airy, pink tone. The appearance is grainy and the wood isn’t particularly hard.
If you’re looking for a harder wood with a bit more character, White Oak might be your solution. This species has a bit more detail and different types of stain can bring out its nuanced grain.
If warmth is what you’re after, there may be no better solution than pine. Pine is used very traditionally in flooring and furniture. It has a very cozy, log-home feel. Pine is also very soft, so it will take dents and divots under heavy furniture. These details provide character and detail to your hardwood floor.
Bamboo has recently become popular in America for use in hardwood floors. Although bamboo usually comes finished, it also takes stain well. A great environmental solution, bamboo holds up well to moisture. It doesn’t shrink and is therefore great for bathrooms.
Walnut and Cherry are more expensive and unique woods. They are both extremely resistant to dents and dings. Also, both woods have an attractive dark tone.
Shop around when looking for a hardwood flooring solution. There are more than 50 different woods from around the world being used by wood floor restoration and installation companies. It’s easy to find something suitable, beautiful, and unique for you.