How to Select the Perfect Hardwood Pt.1: Not all trees are the same
Think of flooring as the design foundation of your space. As such, it can be one of the most fun and exciting decisions you make during your home re-design experience. The key to selecting the perfect hardwood is to choose a product that fulfills both your functional and style needs.
HARDNESS + MAINTENANCE = DURABILITY = LONG TERM VALUE
There are dozens of wood species that are suitable for flooring. Each contributes its own unique organic texture to a space but not all stand the test of time. Did you know that there is a scale that measures the hardness of wood? Referencing the Janka Scale may prove to be a useful tool in determining your wear & tear needs. Here are some popular options:
HICKORY - WOVEN WITH STRENGTH (JANKA HARDNESS: 1820)
Hickory is one of the hardest domestic species of wood. This is a great choice for growing families and pets. The remarkable grain sophistication makes Hickory a stand out character species.
MAPLE - DURABLE & TRUE (JANKA HARDNESS: 1450)
Not a fan of complex grain patterns? Choose a select grade of Maple for a clearer alternative that does not compromise on durability.
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OAK - DEAR OLD FRIEND (JANKA HARDNESS: 1360)
Oak flooring has been a staple within our homes for good reason. Long lasting & beautiful, Oak is a versatile option that’s great for staining and distressed finishes.
DOUGLAS FIR - BC's FLOOR (JANKA SCALE: 660)
Douglas Fir is a softer wood that requires more attentive maintenance and care. With that said, this floor is absolutely worth it. Go with a reclaimed product that will conceal abrasions and scratches while at the same time provide an exceptional story to your home.
WALNUT - TIMELESS ELEGANCE (JANKA SCALE: 1010)
A blend of sophisticated grain patterns and rich tone, Walnut is the epitome of luxury flooring.
We hope you enjoyed Part 1 of how to select the perfect hardwood. As always, we encourage your questions on social media or feel free to stop by our gallery showroom for more info. Stay tuned for Pt. 2, coming soon.
Post & Photos by: Hector Cabrera