Choosing the right floor for you! 

The most important factor in choosing a wood species is, of course, the appearance. While the stains and finishes add variability to them, different woods can complement modern, classic, rustic or other types of settings. For example, maple has a more subtle, elegant look, while hickory has a more unique and “outspoken” appearance.  In addition to appearance, you should also consider durability, moisture-resistance and hardness, depending on the area of the home where the flooring will be placed.

Pictured to the right is a great illustrated chart comparing the

different colors of hardwood floor

(exaggerated to make the point as to hue and tone).

types-of-hardwood-flooring-and-colors

Cherry Hardwood Floors 

Cherry is one of the most exquisite species. Cherry color varies from rich red to reddish brown, and the custom scraping and double stain bring out the beauty and elegance of Cherry. This species has a subtle, straight grain, and a satiny, smooth texture. .

Walnut Hardwood Floors

Walnut is one of the most beautiful and high-end hardwood species you will enjoy for a lifetime. Its delightful swirling grain and rich dark brown tone makes the whole house shine. Our custom-scraping and dual hand stain adds more depth and real antique looking to the appearance.

Maple Hardwood Floors

Walnut is one of the most beautiful and high-end hardwood species you will enjoy for a lifetime. Its delightful swirling grain and rich dark brown tone makes the whole house shine. Our custom-scraping and dual hand stain adds more depth and real antique looking to the appearance.

Hickory Hardwood Floors

Hickory is one of the hardest species and it is well known for its very good strength and shock resistance. Because of this, it’s been the premiere species for tool handles, furniture, ladders, cabinetry, and of course, flooring. Hickory has unique grain pattern, and color variations.

Birch Hardwood Floors

From sap to bark, birch trees are used to make everything from beer to toothpicks. Native Americans stretched birch bark on their canoe frames and used the wood to make arrows. Birch is generally straight-grained with a fine uniform texture, generally characterized by a plain and often curly or wavy pattern. A fairly heavy and strong wood, birch is extensively used for furniture, millwork and paneling, doors, kitchen cabinets and flooring.

Oak Hardwood Floors

Oak flooring is a great choice in traditional style homes. It blends well with a wide range of furniture and decor. Two main varieties of oak hardwood flooring are available: red oak and white oak. The main difference between the two is color. Red oak is much lighter. The neutral color features a reddish hue. White oak is a pale brown. It often has a pink or gray hue throughout. Both types of oak feature a mid-range hardness rating. Despite being able to stand up to heavy impacts, oak is prone to scraping.

Pine Hardwood Floors

Pine is probably what the average person imagines when they think of hardwood flooring. It’s the most traditional type of hardwood regarding appearance. It has a surprisingly rich color, especially when stained, and features interesting pin holes and knots in addition to a distinct grain pattern. The main negative to pine hardwood flooring is its relative softness. It’s more likely to be dented and scratched than other woods, leading to more time spent on care and maintenance.

Mahogany Hardwood Floors

Mahogany offers a deep, dark rich floor.  Mahogany grows in warmer climates such as Mexico and into South America. While expensive, it’s durable and hard.

Bamboo Hardwood Floors

Bamboo flooring uses hundreds of strands of raw bamboo that are machine woven and pressed together. The raw bamboo is first boiled and steamed to remove the sugars and starches present in the natural material.

Laminate Flooring 

Laminate flooring is not much different. It’s a multi-layer synthetic flooring product, fused together with a lamination process. Laminate flooring simulates wood or stone, with a photographic applique layer under a clear protective layer. Laminates add no value to a home. They can also fade in direct light, warp in heat or when exposed to moisture, and, like carpeting, they have to be replaced.

LVP, Luxury Vinyl Planks Flooring 

Luxury Vinyl planks are man-made flooring materials that are manufactured. They are designed to have the look and feel of natural hardwood with distinct markings and colors replicating hardwood design. Thanks to advancement in technology, an ordinary onlooker will have a hard time distinguishing between natural hardwood flooring and luxury vinyl planks flooring because latest printing technology has made it possible for vinyl to be simulated to look exactly like a variety of hardwood species. LVP has a 35-50 year life span. LVP is moisture resistance so it can be installed in the kitchen, bathroom, and basements.