Hardwood Floors

The Beauty of Hardwood Floors: A Guide to Popular Species

Hardwood flooring is an investment that adds elegance, warmth, and value to any home. But with so many gorgeous species to choose from, how do you decide? Read on to discover the unique characteristics of some of the most popular hardwood flooring options.

Classic Favorites

  • Oak: Affordable, readily available, and a timeless choice. Oak comes in red and white varieties, each offering different grain patterns and tones. Its hardness makes it durable for busy homes.

  • Maple: Known for its smooth, even grain and a light, creamy color. Maple is incredibly strong, making it a great choice for high-traffic areas.
  • Hickory: The hardest of the common domestic hardwoods. Hickory features striking color variations and a rustic charm that works well with farmhouse or traditional styles.

Exotic Beauties

  • Brazilian Cherry (Jatoba): Highly sought-after for its rich reddish-brown tones that darken over time. This exotic wood is remarkably hard and durable.
  • Brazilian Walnut (Ipe): Famous for its extreme durability and gorgeous dark brown color. Ipe is highly resistant to scratches and dents, ideal for homes with pets or children.
  • Tigerwood: Its striking striped pattern of golden brown and black makes a bold statement in any room. Tigerwood is dense and strong, a beautiful, long-lasting choice.

Other Factors to Consider

  • Finish: Different finishes will alter the hardwood's appearance and durability. Options range from matte to high-gloss, and prefinished planks are often available for easy installation.
  • Hardness: Consider the Janka Hardness Scale, which measures how much force a species of wood can withstand denting.
  • Sustainability: Look for sustainably sourced hardwoods certified by organizations like the Forest Stewardship Council.

Ready to Find Your Perfect Hardwood Floor?

At Clarks Hardwood Flooring in Dothan, AL, we specialize in helping you make the best choice for your home. Our experienced team understands the nuances of hardwood species, installation, and maintenance.

Here's what we offer:

  • Wide selection: Explore an extensive range of hardwood options in our beautiful showroom.
  • Expert advice: Get personalized guidance on the best species, finishes, and styles for your lifestyle and budget.
  • Professional installation: Our skilled installers ensure your floors are flawlessly installed and look stunning for years to come.

Visit us today or schedule a free in-home consultation. Let Clarks Hardwood Flooring transform your home with timeless hardwood floors!