Hardwood Flooring Types

Different Species and Wood Types

There is wide variety of both domestic and exotic hardwood flooring available to fit your needs. Here you will find information about different types of hardwoods, such as colors and tones, durability, origin, and more. We encourage you to take a look at the different woods available, and contact us for a free quote for your hardwood flooring project.

Red Oak Hardwood

Red Oak Hardwood Flooring

Red Oak has a strong open grain. Red Oak makes a strong, durable floor and is the most prevalent specie used for hardwood flooring. Its popularity stems from its durability and pleasing grain and color.

Black Walnut Hardwood

Black Walnut Hardwood Flooring

Walnut has a heartwood that ranges in color from light to chocolate brown. The sapwood can be light tan to dark brown in color. Black Walnut is a fine grained wood with beautiful curly grain. When finished, Walnut displays a deep elegant look. A Walnut hardwood floor is as unique as a fine piece of furniture.

White Oak Hardwood

White Oak Hardwood Flooring

White Oak is renowned for its use in timber framing and ship building. The heartwood is a light brown while the sapwood is a creamy white color. White Oak has a tighter less pronounced grain than Red Oak. White Oak is prized for its uniform straight grain. White Oak undergoes a medium degree of color change, with a slight ambering over time. Oak is a very common choice for hardwood flooring.

Maple Hardwood

Maple Hardwood Flooring

Maple makes a beautiful, strong, dent-resistant floor. Hard Maple has been used extensively in bowling alleys and basketball courts, and is a closed grained wood with uniform texture. The colors vary from light red to reddish brown color to a creamy white.

American Cherry Hardwood

American Cherry Hardwood Flooring:

American Cherry hardwood flooring is one of North America's most prized furniture and cabinet woods. Its sapwood is a pale white to light reddish brown color. Heartwood ranges from light to reddish brown and naturally darkens with age. Cherry is a fine grained wood and, when properly finished, displays a deep lustrous look. American Cherry makes a beautiful hardwood floor.

Birch Hardwood

Birch Hardwood Flooring

The sapwood of yellow birch ranges from pale white to creamy yellow, while the heartwood tends to be a light-reddish brown with a red tinge. Birch wood has an even texture with a straight, closed grain. Occasionally, boards may show curliness and waves in the grain. Its simplicity makes for attractive flooring. Birch hardwood flooring has only a small degree of luster.

Beech Hardwood

Beech Hardwood flooring

While the sapwood of beech wood is generally pale white, the heartwood of the American beech wood is mostly reddish brown. There is often a moderate to high color variation between boards. The grain of the wood is straight, and mostly closed, and consistent.

Ash HardwoodAsh Hardwood Flooring

Ash wood makes a beautiful, durable hardwood floor. The wood of choice for major league bats ash works well in any busy household. The sapwood is a creamy white color while the heartwood can range in color from light tan to dark brown. Ash has a bold open grain, very similar to Oak. Ash makes a beautiful hardwood floor.