Ash is a wonderful light-colored hardwood flooring choice for homeowners in Monmouth County. Here at Floor Coverings International Monmouth County, we have all of the information you need to know before installing ash hardwood flooring in your home or business.
Ash hardwood has a Janka Hardness rating of 1,320, making it harder than red oak but a bit softer than maple and hickory. Because of this, ash is incredibly durable and will hold up to years of heavy foot traffic. Here in Monmouth County, we particularly love ash in hallways, entryways, kitchens, dining rooms, and living rooms. The sturdiness of ash hardwood makes it very easy to refinish, which will maintain its charm for decades.
Ash has impressive swirled knot patterns that resemble white oak. Both oak and ash have similar coloration that ranges from tan to brown. What distinguishes ash hardwood is its thick grain lines. Ash’s density makes it perfect for absorbing a wide variety of wood stains. From light or clear stains to darker hues, ash will hold up to any color. Stains will highlight the grain and texture, enhancing every room of your home.
Ash is available in both solid and engineered forms. We particularly love engineered ash hardwood for its more consistent grain pattern and better resistance to water and warping. While solid ash hardwood can add a unique touch to your home, many homeowners prefer the uniformity of engineered ash hardwood.
Since ash tends to be a lighter hardwood variety, it works best in areas of the home that need brightening. Ash may not compliment rooms with light walls and furnishings, and instead thrives as a contrasting element for darker walls and furniture.
Ash can be more expensive than other domestic hardwoods. Furthermore, the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive beetle species from Asia, is currently ravaging the Ash tree population. This decimation is endangering the availability of ash hardwood; hardwoods with a similar look like maple or oak will be your go-to alternative if ash is out of stock.
Are you interested in installing ash hardwood flooring in your Monmouth County home or business? Our friendly professionals at Floor Coverings International Monmouth County are here to help! Call us today for a complimentary consultation and visit from our mobile showroom.