There are many species of hardwood used in the manufacture and production of flooring today. Which one should you choose for your new Colts Neck, NJ, area home or your next remodeling project? The answer depends on your personal taste and how much traffic the floors are expected to handle. You’ll also want to consider what appeals to you aesthetically, what fits with the style of the room you’re remodeling, and the “hardness” or durability of the specific wood. You might want to reference the Janka hardness scale, which was designed to rate the hardness of various wood species used for flooring.
Popular Species of Hardwood
Maple and Ash are light-colored hardwoods that will open up a room and make it appear larger. Ash is especially light but can be easily stained to achieve a darker color. Maple doesn’t wear a dark-colored stain as well and can yellow a bit over time, but it is very hardy. Both maple and ash offer good durability and work well in the entryway, hallway, living room, bathroom, or kitchen.
Oak is naturally darker than ash or maple and holds any color of stain quite well. Red oak is one of the most popular flooring choices in the Colts Neck and surrounding areas due to its versatility when it comes to staining, hardness, and that it works well in any room. The grain of oak flooring is very visible, which is something to consider when shopping for hardwood flooring.
Mahogany and Walnut are dark and elegant. Mahogany is highlighted by a vivid wood grain and has a rating of 2200 on the Janka scale, making it an excellent choice for high traffic areas. American black walnut is less durable with a hardness rating of 1010, but Brazilian walnut is one of the hardest woods available with its 3680 rating. If you want a refined, luxurious look, choose one of these dark-toned hardwoods.
Imported Brazilian Cherry is about as durable as the Brazilian walnut and just as beautiful with its red tones. Domestic black cherry hardwood is much less durable but is also less expensive. Any imported hardwood species is likely to be more expensive than a domestic alternative. However, consider that a mahogany floor, for instance, scores 71 percent higher than domestic red oak on the Janka scale.
Pine hardwood floors can vary significantly within the species. When the heart of a pine tree is used, the flooring is called “heart pine” and is darker than other pine varieties. Due to its exquisite natural beauty, heart pine is typically only given a clear topcoat rather than a colored stain. Yellow pine is not nearly as durable as other hardwoods. It should be reserved for lower traffic areas as well as homes without pets, as it is more susceptible to scratching.
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Since solid hardwood floors can be sanded down and refinished multiple times, they’re a great long-lasting flooring option. Light or dark, exotic or domestic, hardwood flooring is durable and beautiful, and you simply can’t go wrong. Call Floor Coverings International Monmouth County to schedule your free in-home estimate today! We serve the Colts Neck, Freehold, Holmdel, and Marlboro, New Jersey, areas.
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