Wood Flooring Variations For Your Home
In our last blog, we discussed the different variations of wood flooring options. This blog will be a continuation of this list, as we still have other wood flooring options to list off.
In this blog, we will be discussing various hardwood flooring options and if they will be a good choice for your individual home. We will also go into the care each flooring option requires and whether your lifestyle and the species of wood will work copacetically.
Why Flooring Decisions Matter?
Though you may question the importance of choosing your flooring, this decision is one of the most important pieces of your home. Your floors set the tone and even the color-scheme of your home. With this being said, it is important that you get the right kind of flooring for your home. How do you do that? Well, first you need to view your options and know the color of flooring that you are looking for. For instance, there are plenty of different flooring options, which include but are not limited to, hardwood, tile, laminate, and vinyl. Though tiles and laminate flooring can be advantageous in their own way, hardwood is one of the most popular, and desirable flooring option. As stated in our last blog, there are many different types of wood flooring out there; each ranging in color, pattern, and durability. Once you know the material of flooring you want, as well as the color of the flooring, then you can start to decide which wood species you will want to install.
Mahogany is an excellent flooring option, in that it is a sturdy wood. This means that it is able to withstand heavy foot and paw-traffic. This, of course, can be advantageous if you have children or pets. If you would like a darker wood, mahogany is a good choice; its rich, deep brown color offers a unique aesthetic to any home. It is recommended that if you would like a mahogany you live in a warm climate. Naturally, mahogany grows in tropical, humid climates, such as Mexico and South America. It is best if you would like to install this type of wood that you coat it with a protective sealant so it doesn’t get damaged by a change in your climate.
Tigerwood, specifically Brazilian Tigerwood, is very expensive but very durable. On the scale of sturdy hardwood flooring options, Tigerwood is one of the most desirable. What separates this type of wood from other species is that it has unmistakable tiger-like striping in the grain of the wood. So, if you are looking for a medium, brown-colored flooring option with a unique pattern, Tigerwood can be your optimal choice.
Before choosing this flooring option, be sure that you understand that this wood species is susceptible to water damage. It is best to keep this type of floor as dry as possible. If you live near a beach or in a moist climate, it is best to avoid this type of flooring.
Alder wood is part of the Birch family, but is considered a softer hardwood than its cousin. Though it is softer and less durable, it can be an enticing option because it is less expensive than maple or cherry wood. Alder is a lighter-colored wood and looks very similar to maple wood flooring. There are four types of Alder wood to choose from:
- Red Alder
- Western Alder
- Oregon Alder
- Pacific Coast Alder
What is most noticeable about this type of wood is its uniformity, no matter where you cut into it. Much like Douglas Fir wood, it has very symmetrical markings that can be aesthetically pleasing. Alder is also a very easily manipulated wood, which means it is easy to cut, unlike other lightly-colored wood species (Hickory).
Pine is the most common hardwood flooring option people install into their homes. When most people imagine “hardwood flooring”, they most likely are visualizing pine wood. Pine is rich in color and can be stained to any hue. What makes this type of wood unmistakable is the tiny pin holes and knots etched into the grain of the wood.
What is beneficial about this type of hardwood is that it can be sustained for a long time. And, just like a fine wine, it can actually get better over time. After several years, the wood will begin to naturally age; some have said that aged pine flooring actually looks better than when it was initially installed. However, with this being said, pine does “age”, and fast. Because it is a softwood, it is susceptible to scuffs and scratches.
Pine is also one of the most popular hardwood flooring options because it is very affordable. So, though it may age quickly, it ages gracefully and it inexpensive. Due to the fact that some people enjoy the look of aged pine wood, pine doesn’t have to be re-installed as often as other wood species. So, pine could arguably be one of the most Earth-friendly wood floorings.
Poplar, or Tulip and Yellow Poplar, is one of the largest hardwood trees in the world. This type of flooring is very lightly-colored, almost a yellowish, cream-shade. Poplar is one of the softest woods you can choose for flooring, but it is also the most economically beneficial. Due to its affordability, many homeowners choose this type of flooring. Another benefit of this type of wood, it is that it can be matched to any decor and can last for many years. It is important to remember, that even if a wood is a “softwood”, that doesn’t mean it is a bad flooring option. The only time that softwood may not be a good decision is if a family wanted to install it in a busy home.
Ebony is the hardest of all the hardwood species. This wood is extremely dense, so much so, that it will not float in water. This black wood comes from the Ceylon Ebony tree, grown in both Africa and parts of Asia. This type of wood is very rare, especially due to over-harvesting and little replanting. Because of this, ebony wood is the most expensive flooring option.
There are varying types of ebony wood, depending on the tree it was cut from. For example, some ebony planks have small veins of deep red running through the grain of the wood. If you still would like the color of ebony wood, but not the expense of installing it, black-stained oak wood is a great mimic for this species.
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