Different Types of Hardwood Floors

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Whatever is the style of your home, hardwood flooring can add value to your home and can increase the charm of your place.

Depending on your needs you can get a vast range of hardwood floors in the market. It is available in a variety of colors and patterns from which you can easily select depending on your needs and lifestyle.

There are five types of hardwood species available which are walnut, maple, oak, cherry, and hickory. Each one of them has different properties and are commonly used for residential flooring. But before selecting the species, you should know the pros and cons of two types of hardwood flooring, i.e., solid and engineered. Read the entire article to learn and understand the types of wooden flooring.


  1. Solid Hardwood Flooring –

The boards of solid hardwood flooring are milled from a single piece of wood. The costing of solid red oak flooring is about $5 per sq. Ft. It has the potential to last for long as it can be refinished many times. It is nailed to the subfloor, and because of this reason, it is not suitable for the concrete substrate. It should be installed at locations where there is less humidity because exposure to high humidity can develop “cupping”.


  1. Engineered Hardwood Flooring –

These types of flooring have a multi-layer base with a top layer of real hardwood and cannot be refinished many times. The engineered red floors cost in the range of $1 to $2. The cost of the hardwood board is directly proportional to its thickness. Multiple layers of wood, polymers, and resin are compressed and then topped with real hardwood to make this type of flooring. Engineered flooring boards are fitted using grooves. These boards can be installed in highly humid places because polymer and resin are used in them.


Species of Wood -

  1. Oak – There are two types of oaks available :

Red Oak – It is the most common flooring and is available in a huge range of colors. Its Janka rating is 1290. Higher the Janka rating, harder and durable the wood is. It complements decor styles like rustic, classic and contemporary.

White Oak – It is harder than the red oak and has Janka scale rating of 1360. Available in cool hues and fine grain patterns white oak is the best option for areas with high traffic.


  1. Cherry – It has a Janka rating of 950 and is suitable for bedrooms and areas with less traffic. With time it darkens, particularly when exposed to sunlight.


  1. Hickory – It is durable and has a Janka rating of 1820. It best suits to country and rustic style. Its colors range from creamy beige to warm brown.


  1. Walnut – It is suitable for low to medium traffic and wears out in high traffic areas. Its colors vary from board to board and have a Janka rating of 1010.


  1. Maple – It is light colored wood and is highly durable. It has a Janka rating of 1450.


Now you know different types of wood, you can easily buy hardwood flooring suitable for you.

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