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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

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Reclaim a Piece of History: Chestnut

Reclaim a Piece of History: Chestnut

Reclaim a Piece of History: Chestnut
This species of wood no longer grows in the American forests. Any chestnut wood today comes from old structures, barns and industrial buildings built before the Chestnut blight in the early 20th century. Re-sawn beams and re-milled siding creates the Chestnut flooring of today. It is becoming scarce as these old buildings disappear and is usually the most expensive of the antique flooring materials.
It’s Characteristics:
Antique chestnut is characterized by its strength, and unique open grained wood with a high level of resistance to decay. This flooring, compared to other antique flooring, is apt to have more and larger nail holes, excessive worm holes and checking, and major color difference from one board to the next. It produces a rustic floor with the unique natural Chestnut color which includes rich hues and buttery smoothness, intermixed with dark weathered areas, especially along the edges of the planks.
It’s Price:
The price for chestnut may be more than other hardwoods but we think it’s worth its value. If it’s too rich for your blood but you love it, you may want to think about using it on an accent wall, or in a smaller room or even a peninsula or counter top rather than an entire room just to have a beautiful piece of history in your home!
It’s Value:
The majority of this wood has been preserved for hundreds of years, and is now being salvaged and repurposed as wood flooring. Because the supply is limited, the value is much higher. One day it may be priceless!