YOUR GUIDE TO HARDWOOD FLOOR SPECIES

We know that to select the flawless floor species for your premises is always a challenge. But hardwood flooring is always a popular choice among people because of sheer elegance and warmth. At Hardwood Giant, we have all the amazing hardwood floor species that you will need to remodel or renovate your home.

Dozens of different floor species are used for hardwood flooring. These include species that are grown domestically and more exotic species that are imported. So, why is it essential to select the perfect species as per your desired look or finish? Because the right wood species will decide the final look of your floor, including its color and pattern. Also, please note, that some of the species are harder than the rest.

Hardwood Giant supplies a wide variety of hardwood floor species to meet your requirements. Here are the most popular and widely used hardwood flooring species.

 

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Acacia 

If you’ve seen Acacia wood flooring, then the chances are you’ll never be able to replace it with any other type. It’s unique in appearance! However, Acacia flooring is not for someone who prefers uniformity.

But if you are hunting for a durable wood that will take on wear and tear, then Acacia flooring is an apt choice for you. What’s unique about acacia wood? This African or Australian wood creates an array of random patterns when it’s laid. Acacia wood has an open grain pattern topped with distinct knots that produce an alluring appeal. Also, Acacia wood is resistant to water, decay and fire. It grows quickly and moderately priced.

 

Ash

Ash hardwood is known for brightening up a room and adds a stark contrast when paired with darker furniture. Ash is a stunning species of hardwood that’s picture-perfect for expensive homes where classy style is cherished. Ash hardwood is light in color, and even has a whitish color sometimes. The color is harmonized by a lively wood grain that gives it a natural look.

This durable wood has been a basis in North American flooring industry for years because of amazing wear and tear ability. Due to its mediocre hardness, Ash hardwood is an ideal option or hand-scraped floors.

 

Brazilian Cherry (Jatoba)

Of the many natural species that Brazil possesses, it has the most interesting species of hardwood, known as Jatoba or Brazilian Cherry. This hardwood is not a representative of the cherry family but is instead a legume species, Hymenaea courbaril. Brazilian cherry is known for over-the-top lavishness.

Jatoba wood is extremely hard but accepts stains and finishes very well. This makes Jatoba or Brazilian Cherry hardwood almost twice as hard as red oak, which is the benchmark for relative hardness. Jatoba’s hardness results in brilliant durability when it comes to defying scratches, and indents. Jatoba hardwood flooring is greatly valued for its vivid ginger to salmon colour leading to a luxurious appeal. Over a period, Jatoba hardwood eventually darkens to a deeper red with dark brown smudges. A golden sheen adds a coating of depth that makes Brazilian Cherry hardwood breathtaking.

 

Hickory 

Hickory hardwood flooring is distinguished for its tremendous endurance quality. It can last a lifespan, with negligible wear and tear, if accurately maintained. Hickory is typically a medium brown to light red-brown color. No matter the color, hickory typically has vivid grain patterns. So, if you like the appearance of a grainy hardwood, that isn’t as coarse as oak, then Hickory is for you.

Hickory wood flooring is the perfect choice for rustic style homes. Hickory wood is a dense, hard and shock resilient wood. This quality is not found in any other household hardwood.

 

Maple

Which is most common and widely used North American woods? Maple hardwood. It’s grown in abundance, and its light color with white to grey overtones appeals to the masses. Another feature of maple hardwood flooring is its strength. It’s simply one of the hardest hardwoods available.

Hard Maple is a quite clean looking hardwood and has a tight grain. Also, there is hardly any color variation which gives it a very consistent look. If you don’t like much grain and want an even tone for your floor, maple hardwood is for you.

 

Red Oak

If you are looking for popular opinion, then red oak wood is always a go-to flooring option. Red oak has a natural color variation and has course swirly grain that looks like beautiful cathedrals.  For anyone who is searching for the heavy grainy look in a lot of color options, the Red Oak flooring is a perfect flooring choice.

Red Oak wood pigments very easily giving a variety in color. The open pores present in the wood absorb more stain and the grain pattern becomes more evident. Red Oak has a Janka rating of 1290 and is commonly referred to as the benchmark for durability. This makes red oak hardwood a popular choice for toughness and easy availability.

Red Oak flooring is brown with dark grain lines and a pinkish tinge. It is a perfect choice for traditional-looking wood floors.

 

White Oak

White Oak hardwood is also known as American White Oak.  White Oak hardwood is appreciated for its density, strength and resiliency. This hardwood has a closed cellular structure and has a Janka rating of 1390, making it hard shock resistant.

Due to a high tannin content, White Oak hardwood is resistant to insect and fungal attacks. It has a very open-straight grain structure making it a great choice for flooring with more traces than red oak. White Oak coloring ranges from greyish to medium tan colors.

 

Sucupira

Sucupira is also known as Brazilian Wild Walnut, Sucupira is one of the toughest woods around, and is as tough as hickory. This dark Brazilian wood has a Janka hardness rating of 2140 out of 4000! If you’re considering the foot traffic in your home that could scratch your flooring, then Sucupira is a flooring option for you.

Sucupira is known for its dark brown to reddish-brown variation and has a medium grain. Sucupira is generally used for high-end flooring especially in sizable rooms. 

 

Tigerwood

Tigerwood hardwood is named after its dark orange color and black veins. Tigerwood hardwood is considered as one of the most exotic looking floors you will ever see. The color of Tigerwood hardwood is a mixture of chocolate, cream, orange and golden yellow. When topped with brown and black streaks it resembles to a tiger.

Tigerwood flooring is extremely tough and is naturally resistant to decay and will not attract fungus growth.

 

Birch

Birch hardwood is so abundant that it falls under the affordable type of hardwood flooring. It’s a good combination of functionality, price and style. Birch hardwood also grasps staining very well. That’s why it comes in a variety of colors. Birch hardwood has both hard-and-soft varieties. Yellow birch comes with a hardness of 1260 and Sweet Birch with a Janka rating of 1470. Birch hardwood is offered in both solid and engineered form.

When it comes to picking the right flooring, there are a lot of options available both online and in our stores. Hardwood Giant offers a wide variety of options in hardwood flooring as well. Have a look, and we know that you would be able to find your next flooring.

 

 

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