Your Floor-An Introduction to Solid-Plank Wood Floors

Let’s be honest, wood floors in any stain, color, or type are a great addition to any home. These are floors that, if taken care of properly, will last for as long as you live in the house. However, when it comes to wood floors there are many different options to choose from, specifically the types of trees that wood planks are made from. Below, you will find an array of flooring types (tree species such as oak, ash, pine, hickory, bamboo and maple hardwood flooring) along with it I have prepared some information about each type, I used as a reference to gather details which you will find below.


Oak HardWood Flooring

This is by far and wide the most commonly used wood for flooring in the United States and this is by far one of the optimal costs effective hardwood flooring whether it’s Red Oak or White Oak. Specifically Red Oak. However, Red Oak is the name genus of the tree and not the color. Red Oak will be one of the most durable floors you will have in terms of wood, and it’s incredibly resistant to things like dents too. Red Oak comes in all sorts of stains such as dark or light, but one thing that is almost immediately noticeable about Oak is the grain patterns. If you don’t like a lot of grains showing in the floor, then Oak is not going to be a good choice for you. Oak Floors costs anywhere between $8 and $20 per square foot and are ideal for Living Rooms, Hallways, Kitchens and Entryways.

Ash HardWood Flooring

Ash is even stronger than Oak, which is pretty amazing considering Oak is already pretty hard as is. Just to give you an idea of how hard this material is – baseball bats are made from ash. The grain pattern is not as pronounced as it is with Oak. The tree sapwood tends to be a creamy white color while the heartwood is a tannish color but can also get darker in color too. The cost for an Ash Wood Flooring is going to cost you anywhere from $10 to $20 per square foot. Its ideal for use in Living Rooms, Kitchens, Bathrooms and hallways.

Pine HardWood Flooring

Technically speaking, this is not a hard wood, pine tends to be pretty soft in terms of the Janka Scale, however, since there are different kinds of Pine each one will have its own hardness so make sure that when you are buying a pine floor that you ask exactly what type of wood it is so you can do a little further research and se just how hard it’s going to be. Pine is one of those materials with lots of character. Some people like this. Some don’t. You will see a lot of pin holes, grains and knots in Pine. Pine costs anywhere between $5 and $20 per square foot, but it’s ideal for rooms such as Living Rooms, Hallways, Kitchens and of course Entryways.

Bamboo HardWood Flooring

20 years ago it was almost unheard of to have bamboo floors in your home, especially if you didn’t live in Western Civilization. Technically speaking, this was almost ever ever heard of in places like North America. But, times are a changin’. Now when you go to a showroom to look at floors it’s almost a guarantee that they will have bamboo available. Bamboo is a very natural material found in nature, kits also very green friendly, and it’s a renewable source. You can leave bamboo as is, but most people stain them using a lighter stain. The cost of a bamboo floor will cost you between $8 and $15 per square foot. Ideal spaces to put these floors in include; Bathrooms, Kitchens, Bedrooms, Hallways, Entryways and Living Rooms – pretty much every single room in your house!

Maple HardWood Flooring

Maple is a very pretty flooring material. It tends to be lighter in color than a lot of other options and it has a close-grain. This means that the grains are visible but not as pronounced as something like Ash or Oak. This is a wood that is almost completely impervious to things like dents, that’s just how hard the wood is! The only negative to this wood, really, is that it’s a very porous material which makes it really hard to stain with any darker stains. The cost of Maple is going to be anywhere between $7 and $16 per square foot. Ideal places to put Maple will include; Kitchens, Entryways, Living Rooms and Hallways.

So as you can see from the woods mentioned above, wood doesn’t just vary in color, it also varies in hardness, durability and of course use as well as cost. Make sure you do your homework and find a showroom that has multiple types of woods so you can visually see them up close and personal and see how they feel. Most showrooms – on or offline, will allow you to have a few samples that you can take home with you.

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