Different Wood Species
Some may argue that the most popular wood species for hardwood floors in the U.S. has to be Red Oak. Why is this? Well, it looks marvelous, rich, and elegant. But, it’s also an extremely hard wood, without being too hard. And that’s what many folks are looking for when it comes to there flooring, especially is pricing is no object. It’s expensive, elegant wood, and somewhat more rare than other species.
The Janka Hardness Scale, of which we have an image featured on this site, (click the Janka link at the beginning of this sentence to find it) puts Red Oak at 1280 firmly in the center of the scale, on the low end, firm yet not rock hard.
As you can see exotic Brazilian woods tend to be much harder and more resistant to damage. But hardness is not the only factor when it comes to choosing your wood floors.
Other important domestic woods that are very popular in the states are Maple, and Red Oak’s cousin the White Oak. Of course, this is just a general overview, there are plenty of other popular species, especially here in the northern U.S. where Fir and Birch can be more readily found. Whether you have a question that’s big or small, give us a call here at Minneapolis’ best hardwood flooring company.