Hardwood remains the most popular type of flooring in homes for many reasons. It is attractive, timeless and can be refinished, unlike other types of flooring so that it can last a lifetime. With so many varieties to choose from, it can be debilitating to narrow down your choices. Here is a list of the most common hardwood flooring options to help you make up your mind:

Bamboo

While it’s not technically a hardwood, most people consider it to be anyway. Bamboo is really a type of grass, and it comes in a variety of colours. But, you should keep in mind the climate of where you live. Bamboo is not suitable for damp and humid areas as it tends to scratch easily, but it can be sanded and refinished.

Maple

One of the most sought after hardwood flooring choices. This wood has a subtle grain pattern that works well in both small and large spaces. Maple is also remarkably durable, which is excellent for high-traffic areas. It is less porous than other types of wood, so, if you are after a particular stain, this might not be the flooring for you as it will not absorb the stain thoroughly.

Rosewood

This hardwood has a unique grain pattern with a wide range of colours – from purple to yellow. It is a relatively new type of hardwood on the market, but it has been used for decades in furniture making.

Walnut

There are several species of walnut hardwood floors. It will generally have a dark, exotic look, which is versatile and looks great in most homes. It is tough – it is one of the most durable hardwoods on the market – great for high-traffic areas with kids and pets.

Cherry

When installed, it has a pinkish hue that deepens in colour as time goes on. Cherry floors tend to scratch more quickly than other hardwoods though but, with upkeep and refinishing, it can be made to be a long-lasting option.

Pine

Contrary to what many think, pine is not technically a hardwood. It is considered a sort of softwood, but that does not mean it is literally soft but, instead, that it is more susceptible to dents and scratches. Many people believe pine looks better with age as time gives it a rustic charm.

Hickory

Hickory floors are both rustic-looking and durable, which is an ideal combination if you are looking for flooring with an antique look that can withstand foot traffic. Hickory floors also go well with every type of decor.

Ash

An excellent option if you are looking for a sturdy wood that is less expensive than other hardwoods. There are about 45 to 65 distinct varieties of ash trees, so it is imperative that you do your research before you have it installed in your home.

Mahogany

Often picked for its beauty and elegance, mahogany is a classic that improves with age. It is a bit more expensive than other hardwoods, but because of its many pros, the price is worth it.

Oak

One of the most popular looks for flooring is oak. It is timeless and highly resistant to regular wear. It comes in a variety of colours, so you are sure to find oak a type that looks great in your home. And, because of its durability, it is an excellent option for homeowners who are not big on area rugs.

Generally speaking, there is no wrong option when it comes to hardwood flooring in your house. Just be sure to take into consideration your lifestyle. Hardwood flooring has proven to add value to any home and improve its resale value. Milton Hardwood carries a wide variety of hardwood flooring choices, and our expert team of installers can also install your flooring so you can get all of your flooring needs under one roof. Call us today to book a consultation.


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