Hardwood flooring is becoming all the more popular and there a few great reasons that so many households are making the switch over to hardwood flooring. With hardwood floors, you get an endless number of options that you can choose from in terms of style, color, stain, and texture, that give your home personality and can make yours totally unique from any other home that you have been in.
The customization that hardwood floors offer gives you the ability to customize your flooring and set the tone for your entire home. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular types of hardwood flooring and what they can bring to your home.
When most people think of hardwood flooring, pine is the classic example that comes to mind. Pine is a versatile choice for hardwood flooring because, at first sight, it has a clean look to it, but upon looking closer your pinewood floor can have a lot of character in terms of knots holes, knots, grains, and textures. You can get pine in a variety of different stains and patterns as well. These floors tend to age really well with your house, though the major drawback to them is that they can dent and scratch fairly easily.
Hickory, on the other hand, is one of the most durable species of hardwood that you can get for your flooring. It is incredibly resilient to any kind of markings, dents, chips, and scratches which make them really great for active families and anyone who is planning on moving around their furniture from time to time. It typically comes in a light reddish to brown tone or a medium tan color, but you can find it in different colors and stains as well. Unfortunately, with durability and rigidity being the biggest benefit to hickory, that is also the greatest setback. The hardness of hickory makes it more difficult to cut, which can hike up the cost of installation.
Cherry is another one of the more popular species of hardwood and can have a reddish hue to it with notes of pink as well. Black cherry hardwood floors are going to be deeper in color than the lighter forms of cherry, and American cherry is one of the most popular types of cherry flooring by far. This type of wood is softer, but still has a notable amount of stability to it. The drawback that comes with cherry is that too much exposure to sunlight can fade the coloring of the wood, so we would not recommend installing this anywhere that gets a lot of sun.
Maple is one of the lighter-color species of hardwood, with a clean, uniform look that can fit in most homes. That’s one of the reasons why maple is one of the most popular and widely used species of flooring. Other benefits to maple flooring are that it looks great, but it can take a hit to. This hardwood flooring is resilient to all kinds of scratches, scuffs and can even withstand sharp blows while maintaining its shape and integrity. The fact that maple can stand up to some tough love makes this flooring ideal for younger families that have pets or children.
Rosewood is a beautiful, deeply-colored flooring that also is another one of the more durable species that is used for flooring. The dark coloration along with the density and firmness of rosewood make it great for resisting and hiding scratches, scuffs, and marks. Though rosewood may not be one of your classic, go-to species of hardwood, its popularity has been on the rise.
Walnut flooring is a gorgeous choice for homes and you normally find it in a rich, brown color. Walnut is a beautiful wood in terms of color, pattern, it is also a soft hardwood that makes it easier to cut than other types of flooring. Walnut flooring is an excellent choice for homes that get a lot of natural light, as they have really low photo-sensitivity. You will not have to worry about years of direct sunlight wearing out the color and quality of your walnut flooring.
The biggest drawback to walnut is that it is one of the most expensive types of hardwood on the market, but you are going to get the value that you pay for.
Oak is another beautiful choice for hardwood flooring and the most popular color choices for it are white oak and red oak. Contrary to what you may think, the white oak is actually the darker hue of flooring, and has a bit of a soft brown hue to it, whereas the red oak has a lighter red tint to it. Overall, oak is a beautiful and traditional flooring that you often see in many homes. It is fairly priced somewhere at the middle of the pack and is more of a medium hardwood in terms of its durability. Though this hardwood is more affordable than other choices, it can be easily scratched, so you will want to make sure that you pad the legs of any furniture that you have on your oak floors.
If you are interested in learning more about hardwood flooring, you can contact us with any questions. The flooring experts at Remnant King Carpets can help you choose a new floor that suits your lifestyle and the aesthetic of your home.