Want Hardwood Flooring? Weigh The Most Popular Options

If you’re thinking about installing hardwood flooring in your home, you should be aware that there are many options to choose from. There are different types of wood, stains, and layout designs for hardwood, which can be confusing when it comes time to choose. This blog is all about helping you decide between three popular types of hardwood flooring: oak, maple, and hickory. Check out our expert comparison below:

 

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hardwood materials can be refinished at least once with engineered hardwood, and multiple times with solid hardwood (both options are available for each material). The care of these materials includes regular sealing to prevent moisture and stains from reaching the wood. There are options for different styles and width of the flooring boards to provide an array of looks. 

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  • Red Oak is the country’s #1 hardwood flooring choice (has red undertones)
  • White oak is also an option (has golden or gray undertones)
  • Least resistant to denting and water 
  • Offers some of the cheapest options ($2.55 – $5.80 per sq. ft.)
  • A good choice for humid climates with extreme summer/winter variations

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  • Has a lighter/creamier color 
  • Grain is fine and light, not as drastic as other wood
  • Medium resistance to denting and water
  • Good price point ($2.70 – $6.15 per sq. ft.)
  • Will slightly yellow with age 
  • Staining is more difficult because of the variation in the grain’s strength

     

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  • Has the most variation and distinction in the grain
  • More popular in wider planks
  • Greatest durability against denting and water
  • Higher price point ($3.15 – $7.00 per sq. ft.)
  • Gives more of a patchwork effect rather than a cohesive look 

For more expert advice about your options for hardwood flooring, let us help you find a flooring dealer near you! You can also visit the flooring resources page on our website for more information on any of your flooring needs.

Source: homeflooringpros.com