Hardwood is great for adding a durable and classic look to your Oakville and Burlington area home. Hardwood will last for generations and also adds value to your home. When it comes to selecting the perfect hardwood look, there is a lot to choose from! The first decision to make is what kind of hardwood species you want to install. From there you can decide on the texture, width, stain, and more. The experts at Floor Coverings International Burlington ON make this decision a bit easier by outlining the different benefits and looks of 3 of the most popular hardwood species: walnut, oak, and cherry.
Walnut hardwood is known for its warm, brown color with auburn undertones and a varying grain pattern. This is a very classic hardwood look that will look beautiful in any room. Walnut does lighten over time as it is exposed to UV rays. It can be stained to update the coloring, so if you love wood with color variation but want a different tone, this can be achieved! Walnut is a softer wood species, coming in at 1,010 on the Janka hardness scale.
Oak hardwood is available in red or white and is the most popular hardwood species due to its affordability and durability. Red oak ranks at 1,290 on the Janka hardness scale, while white oak comes in a little higher at 1,360. This makes oak a great option for rooms with high volumes of foot traffic. Red oak has moderate to prominent graining and its coloring ranges from red to a dark brown. White oak has less prominent graining and varies from golden beige to dark brown in color. Both white and red oak offer planks that look more uniform or vary in color, depending on the particular look you’re going for.
Cherry hardwood is known for its deep and warm red tones and is great for adding a classic and elegant look to your home. Cherry offers color variation and is available in either Brazilian or American cherry. American is the softest option, ranking at 950 on the Janka hardness scale. Brazilian cherry has an open grain and is much more durable, ranking at 2,350.
While these are some of the most popular hardwood species, there are several more out there to choose from. Let the experts at Floor Coverings International Burlington ON help you with this during your free in-home design consultation. We look forward to working with you on your next Oakville hardwood project!