5 Special Species for Wood Floors

Every type of tree produces wood with unique features. That makes the choice of species to be used for wood flooring more complicated than it first appears. Wise shoppers consider all of their options before making that choice.

1. Maple

Maple is a reasonable hard option that people often choose because it offers a mixture of durability and beauty. It has a very pale and creamy color, with some boards being slightly darker than others. Lower grades of maple flooring can have a few dark spots from mineral streaks in the wood, but the higher grades are usually completely clear. Their grain is similarly minimal, to the point where some people can have trouble seeing the grain at all. Consider maple flooring if you want to give your home a light, air appearance.

2. Red Oak

Red Oak is one of the most popular species for hardwood flooring. It is harder than most species, but it is not the hardest of the woods that are commonly used. It also has an intermediate appearance, with a color range that goes from moderately light to moderately dark browns, usually with a reddish tinge. Its average appearance makes it a good choice for people who want an understated floor that doesn’t stand out too much.

3. American Cherry

American Cherry is one of the softest woods that people regularly use to make floors, but it more than makes up for that with its appearance. The wood tends towards warm tones with a great deal of color variance within individual pieces. It also has a distinctive, curving grain pattern, and people tend to use wide boards to better display that pattern. It’s perfect if you want something that looks unique and inviting without being too unusual.

4. Tigerwood

Tigerwood is the top choice for people who want their floor to get a lot of attention. It has dark stripes on a background of golden brown wood. The pattern shows up best on wide planks, and using thin planks often makes the room seem busy and crowded. That means that it does restrict your design options slightly, but that is a small price to pay for the unique appearance that this wood has to offer.

5. Bamboo

Bamboo is technically a grass, but its hardness means that it acts just like hardwood flooring, and most people think of it as such. The precise hardness varies on how the plant was treated and how old it was when harvested, but it tends to be among the hardest options. It has a light, gentle appearance, but the main attraction comes from its environmental benefits. Bamboo grows very quickly and only receives treatment from adhesives that are safe for the environment, so it is one of the greenest of the hardwood flooring options. For more information, there are additional resources available at Fuse Flooring.