Wood Flooring 101: The Most Popular Hardwood Species

Hardwood flooring is a favorite among homeowners everywhere. If you’re considering hardwood floors for your next renovation, it helps to know what your options are. This article from home remodeling contractor DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Schaumburg lists some of the most popular wood species used for hardwood flooring.

Characteristics & Criteria

When shopping for wood flooring, there are aspects you need to consider to make sure you’re choosing the best option for your home’s needs and requirements.

  • Hardness Rating – Also known as the Janka rating, this is used to measure the hardness of the wood. The higher the rating, the harder the wood. This will indicate how well your flooring will be able to withstand daily use.

  • Dimensional Stability – Hardwood species respond to fluctuations in humidity, so good dimensional stability is important if you’re considering hardwood flooring.

It’s worth noting that hardwood floors are generally more difficult to work with and more expensive to install due to their density. However, they hold up pretty well against wear and tear as well as extreme changes in humidity. Below are the best types of hardwood to use for flooring.

White Oak

Characteristics: Light brown color; open grain

Pros: Hardness rating of 1360; durable; good workability

Cons: Prone to shrinkage; heavy (weighs 47 pounds per cubic foot)

Red Oak

Characteristics: Reddish in appearance; coarse, open grain

Pros: Durable; good workability

Cons: Prone to shrinkage; porous


Characteristics: Color ranges from white to a light reddish brown; closed, uniform grain

Pros: Stains well; can be given a high polish shine

Cons: Can be difficult to work with due to its hardness

Brazilian Cherry

Characteristics: Reddish; interlocking grain

Pros: Relatively affordable; sustainable; aesthetically pleasing

Cons: Can be difficult to work with due to its 2820 Janka rating

Elegant Flooring Options Within Reach

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Schaumburg is your go-to kitchen and bathroom renovation company. Let us make your dream home a reality. Call us today at (847) 973-5097 to schedule an appointment to discuss your next project.

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