Birch is an excellent hardwood choice for homeowners in the greater Burlington and Oakville areas because it is durable and has a vibrant, unique look to it. Birch offers color variations between the sapwood and heartwood of the tree, which is not common in domestic species. It will add a subtle and warm look to any room of the house. Learn more about the basics of birch from the experts at Floor Coverings International Burlington ON below.
Sapwood colors can range from a white to light yellow, and the heartwood tends to be brown with a reddish tint. Homeowners can install hardwood planks with this beautiful color variation, or planks just from the sapwood or heartwood for a more uniform look. The spiraling grains of the wood create unique patterns depending on the tree. Birch also accepts stains very easily, so you can customize the floors to fit your personal design aesthetic.
The durability of birch depends on which type is installed. There are three main types of birch that are used in flooring:
- Paper Birch: This is the softest of the birch species. It’s more forgiving on the joints and good for rooms with less foot traffic. It ranks at 930 on the Janka hardness scale.
- Yellow Birch: This is the most popular of the three. It comes in at 1260 on the scale.
- Sweet Birch: This is the most durable of the three, coming in at 1470 on the scale.
Like all hardwood, each type of birch can be sanded and refinished to get rid of scratches and nicks. Our flooring experts will help you select the best birch option for your unique needs.
Hardwood Experts in Burlington, ON
Deciding on the perfect flooring can be confusing; thankfully the experts at Floor Coverings International Burlington ON are here to help! Schedule a free in-home design consultation where we bring the samples right to you. We proudly serve the greater Burlington and Oakville areas and look forward to working with you!
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