From choosing the species of wood to choosing the finishes, picking hardwood flooring for your home can be overwhelming if you aren’t sure what your choices are. There are many different hardwood flooring species you can choose from for your home. So let’s continue going through these species with hardwood flooring species: C through I.
Cherry black is a domestic wood. The heartwood in this species is light to dark reddish brown and is lustrous in appearance. Sapwood is light brown to pale in color with a slight pinkish tone to it. Some flooring manufacturers steam the lumber to “bleed” the darker colored heartwood into a light sapwood coloring. The grain in this wood is fine and uniformed with a wavy pattern. It has a distinctive flake pattern on true quartersawn surfaces. The texture of this wood is satiny with some gum pockets in the wood.
Cork wood is imported from Spain and Portugal but is available domestically. The appearance of this wood varies depending on the manufacturer. The color also varies from light to dark. Since this flooring is actually made of an oak bark, its grain patterns do not actually look like wood.
Cumaru hardwood flooring is available domestically. As this wood matures, the shading in the wood actually mellows. At first, the color will appear either a red-brown or purple-brown color with light yellow-brown or purple streaks. After exposure to light, the wood will appear light brown or yellow-brown. The grain is a fine texture that interlocks with either a waxy or oily feel to it.
Cypress flooring is imported from Australia but is readily available. This flooring has a cream-colored sapwood but the heartwood is a honey-gold or brown color with darker knots in it. The grain is closed but there are variations in the wood due to the degree of colors in this wood.
Douglas fir is found throughout North America and is readily available for purchase. The heartwood of this floor is yellowish tan or light brown in color while the sapwood is tan to white. The heartwood is often confused with the Southern yellow pine because of the color. This flooring has been known to radically change upon exposure to sunlight. While the grain of this wood is normally straight, it can occasionally be wavy or spiral in texture. The wood varies greatly in weight and strength. Young trees with moderate to rapid growth can have a reddish heartwood that is referred to as red fir. The narrow-ringed wood of old trees may appear yellow-brown in color and is known as yellow fir.
Hickory pecan wood is also a domestic wood and if available readily. Pecan heartwood is reddish brown in color with dark brown stripes in it. Sapwood is white or creamy white with pinkish tones. Hickory heartwood is tan or reddish while the sapwood is white to cream with fine brown lines. Both hickory and pecan show pronounced coloration variations between spring and summer wood. The pecan sapwood is usually graded higher than darker heartwood. Hickory wood is typically difficult to machine and work with because of its density but these two kinds of wood are often mixed by flooring mills for variations.
Iroko wood is imported from Africa and is moderately available. This wood is light to medium brown when newly installed but will change overtime to a brown or dark brown. The grain is interlocked and is medium to coarse in texture. This wood does show dramatic variations between quartersawn and flatsawn products.
These woods would make a beautiful addition to any household. Which species will you choose for your home?
Hardwood Flooring Species With John K Eareckson & Co.
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