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Wood Flooring Species

Posted: 01 JUL 2002

There are several different species of wood floor products. Each has it's own characteristics. In addition, some are harder or more dense than others, and some have a lot more texture and grain than others. We will discuss some of the more popular species and try to help you narrow down your choices. As an added note; there is a vast wealth of technical information related to wood floors. Most of this technical data can be overwhelming and very hard to comprehend. We've listed basic information to help guide you in the right direction without confusing you. However, if there is any technical data you would like, or if you have a question we didn't answer, please feel free to contact us on our "Flooring Hotline." Although computers have made our lives a lot easier these days, nothing beats talking to a human being.

All of the species listed below are available in a wide array of stained finishes. The stained finishes go from whitewashed and natural clear finishes on the lighter end, to the medium, honey, and darker finishes.

Oak is by far the most popular species in the wood flooring product line. More Oak flooring is sold than any other wood floor. Oak is somewhat the standard by which some of the other wood floor species are compared. When most people talk of purchasing a wood floor, they're usually thinking of Oak. There are many different variations of oak. The main two are "Red Oak" and "White Oak." The differences are mainly in the color and shading. Oak has a lot of grain and has a very warm and rich appearance.


Maple is a more contemporary wood species. Maple has a very condensed, fine grain and less texture than oak. Maple in most cases, has a cleaner, more uniform overall look than some of the other species.


Pine is most commonly used to achieve a rustic kind of "log cabin" look. When used correctly, Pine can give a very warm look to any home. One caution with Pine, it is a much softer wood than some of the other species and care should be taken when considering this species in high traffic areas.


There are many other not so common species available such as beech, ash, cherry, mahogany, teak, pecan, walnut and others. If you would like any information on one of these species, please contact us and we will provide you with whatever information you require.