Choosing new hardwood floors represents a big investment in your home. You already know some of what you should know about this process, but as always, you can continue to learn more. After all, learning never stops. Here’s a look at what you should know about wood species.
Let’s start by looking at oak. You might have tried to decide between white oak and red oak in the past. Two of the reasons oak is so popular is because it is relatively easy to afford and update year after year with new coats of finish or stain. It’s also versatile enough to fit in with a variety of room aesthetics. If you want something more traditional, though, consider plank flooring that comes with a semi-gloss finish and warm brown staining.
If you think that maple is only good for syrup, then you might be surprised to learn that it is a viable choice for hardwood flooring. For one thing, it is harder than oak. For another, it resists dents. Put this in a room with high foot traffic, such as a living room or dining room. A smooth matte finish helps it look even better!
Hickory is even harder than maple is. Like maple, it is a species of wood that resists denting, making it a fantastic flooring choice for areas where a lot of people are going to be walking or running on it all day. If your home has a rustic aesthetic, then this could be the right choice for you, since this wood naturally features knots and grains in its planks.
It’s time to think about walnut hardwood. It’ll make you go nuts over how beautiful it is. Although it is a softer wood than some of its counterparts, it is still versatile enough to fit in a variety of homes without looking out of place.
Did you know that cork could be used as a type of flooring? It is much softer than other species of wood, mainly because it is made from bark and not the logs underneath. If you are worried about creaky wooden joints, then you don’t have to be anxious about cork flooring, since it is much quieter than you might expect.
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When you work with John K Eareckson & Co., Flooring, we will ensure your hardwood floors undergo a stress-free acclimation process and that they sparkle for years to come; from a seamless and beautiful installation to years of maintenance, John K Eareckson & Co. Flooring has the expertise to care for your home’s hardwood floors. For a consultation and more information, visit us online or give us a call at 410-788-4200. You can also look for us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr.