CHOOSING THE RIGHT SPECIES
There are so many different types of Hardwoods out there and they each have distinctive and unique qualities. When choosing the one for your home, your preference in look and feel is what wins the day. But maybe you'd like to know a bit more about durability, cost, and how well a hardwood floor can handle wear and tear. This brief overview covers some of the most popular hardwood species. We'll be posting more in depth articles about each one in the coming months so be sure to come back to learn more!
Classic, traditional, abundant, less expensive and strong-grained (good for hiding scratches) , Oak also absorbs stains well offering the option to change its color when refinishing.
Modern, sleek and smooth, Maple is lighter in color than Oak but harder. It offers limited but unique & stylish staining options. It is more expensive than Oak. Also, it grades vary significantly.
Also referred to as Pecan, Hickory shares similar graining as Oak but it's much harder and more expensive. Lots of color variation and knotting. Great at hiding wear and tear.
Exotic, less expensive and eco-friendly. Its hardness can surpass Oak's depending on its quality. There is a big range of quality so shop smart. Strand-woven Bamboo is more expensive but more durable.
Also known as Jatoba, its deep red color and smooth grain makes it a gorgeous addition to any home. It's a very hard floor and it darkens over time more than other hardwoods.
Unique, upscale, soft and more expensive, American Walnut is one of the most prized of North American hardwoods. It's beautiful rich brown tones make it a very attractive choice.
MORE TO COME...
In the coming months we'll be going more in depth into each of these species. Be sure to come back to learn more! Enjoy today's infographic: