There are many benefits to installing hardwood in your West Palm Beach home. It adds value, durability, and style! Who doesn’t love a classic hardwood floor? There are a lot of decisions that come with installing new hardwoods. There are different stains, sheens, textures, and more to pick from. One of the most important decisions to make is which hardwood species to pick. At Floor Coverings International Jupiter, we make this decision a bit easier. Below we outline the differences between 3 common hardwood species we love: cherry, oak, and maple hardwood.
Homeowners love the warm, charming look cherry hardwood brings to a home. Its reddish brown coloring screams elegance and charm. Cherry hardwood is the softest wood of the three, ranking at 950 on the Janka hardness scale. While it is still durable, it isn’t recommended for homes or rooms that receive a lot of wear and tear. Brazilian Cherry, on the other hand, is extremely durable and ranks at 2350 on the scale. This beauty comes at a price, however. Cherry is one of the more expensive hardwoods, but stains can be used on other species to give you a similar look.
Oak is the most common hardwood species seen in homes today. Because it is found in the United States, it is more widely available, cheaper, and causes less harm to the environment. There are two different species of oak to pick from, white and red. Red is the most common of the two and is actually lighter than white oak. White oak ranks at 1360 on the Janka hardness scale and has coloring that ranges from dark brown to golden beige. Red ranks slightly lower at 1290 and has coloring that varies from creamy white to amber. Both take stain very well, so your floors can be customized to many different colors.
Maple hardwood has a light, creamy color with shades that vary from plank to plank. One of the biggest benefits of maple is that it is a closed-pore wood, meaning it is much more water resistant. This also means, however, that it doesn’t take stain as well as oak or cherry. Maple is durable, with a Janka hardness rating of 1450. Maple is the lightest hardwood of the three and is great for making a room feel bigger and lighter.
Ready to decide between cherry, oak, maple, or any other hardwood species? Schedule a free design consultation with the experts at Floor Coverings International Jupiter to learn more about your many options. We look forward to working with you.
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