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Best Wood Floors for Radiant Heat Flooring

Best Wood Floors for Radiant Heat Flooring

When installing radiant heat systems be sure to ask for quarter sawn wood. Besides the unique appearance, rift and quartered wood flooring is highly prized for its stability.

In general, wood flooring adjusts to the climate that it is in by regularly absorbing and releasing moisture from the environment.  This causes floor boards to expand and contract as its surrounding conditions change. But, because of the way the logs are cut, rift and quarter sawn material is less inclined toward gapping, expanding/contracting or cupping as a result of temperature and seasonal changes which makes it very desirable flooring.  For these reasons, Rift and Quartered hardwood flooring can be used over radiant heating and in homes near the water.  White Oak Rift and Quarter Sawn wide plank flooring is a shown in this image from a newly built home in CT. It’s not only stylish and beautiful but also very stable.

 

What Type of Hardwood Flooring is Right for You?

What Type of Hardwood Flooring is Right for You?

What type of hardwood floor is right for you?

Which wood species is right for me?

Choosing the right species of wood flooring for you is strictly a matter of your style, budget and personal preference.

Do you like light woods like ash or maple? These species generally make a room appear more open and airy.

Do you like medium woods like hickory or oak? These species generally make a room appear more warm and cozy.

Do you like dark woods like walnut or mahogany? These species generally make a room appear more stately and refined.

Once you decide on a look, you should consider how your floors will be used. Are you a retired couple living alone you can purchase a softer wood like cherry as you won’t see as much traffic in your home. Or, if you are a busy family with young children and pets consider a harder wood like white or red oak?

Each wood species is rated for its hardness and durability using the Janka Hardness Scale (We can explain this).

What are the most common hardwood floors?

Red Oak, White Oak, Maple, Hickory, Black Walnut, Cherry, Beech, Ash

What hardwood floors are the most durable?

The Janka Hardness scale  ranks wood for density and is a reliable indicator of floor durability in regard to hardness and denting. The higher the rating, the more resistant the floor is to dents, scratches and wear.

What is the cheapest wood flooring?

If you read our blog dated September 14th we detail three great choices for affordable plank flooring. Southern Yellow Pine and Eastern White Pine are our top choices for affordable and great looking floors. Next, is Character Red Oak followed by Character White Oak.  Most floors with character come with knots and color variation offering a unique and beautiful contrasting appearance.

Once you decide you want wood flooring in your home, we will help you make the right choices for you.  We have over 30 year experience providing consumers with stunning heirloom wood flooring for their homes. Let’s start the conversation today