HARDWOOD FLOORING SPECIES

Hardwood Flooring Species

Wood is an interesting and unique living material that can add a layered personality to any space it is used in. When you are remodeling your floor or choosing the first floor to ever go in, it is crucial you pick something durable, efficient, and something that you like. There are many options of hardwood floors to pick from, so how do you know which floor is right? Don't worry, this does not have to be a very difficult decision. The team here at Robert's Floors Inc. can guide you into picking the best floor for you. There are a lot of different species of flooring out there to pick from. Whether you want ash, birch, cherry, maple, walnut, teak, white oak, or something else, we can install it. 
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First, it is important to pick a style that you like. For a handy guide on wood flooring species, check out the National Wood Flooring Association gallery. Once you see something you like, click on it to learn more about it. Or if you prefer, give us a call and we can discuss the floor you choose! In the end, we want you to know that whatever floor you come to us with, we can install it!

A few of the many hardwood flooring types you may want to consider:

  • Ash
    • Ash is a light tan to dark brown color. It has a bold, straight and moderately open grain look with an occasional wavy figuring.  Origin - North America.
  • Bamboo
    • Color is typically a light manilla/yellow tone or darker tannish brown. Distinctive grain patterns show nodes from the bamboo stalks.  Origin - Asia.
  • Beech
    • Grain patterns are mostly closed, straight grain with fine uniform texture. Origin - North America .
  • Birch
    • Yellow Birch - creamy yellow and pale. Sweet Birch - dark brown tinged with red. Medium figuring, straight, and closed grain with even texture. Occasional curly grain. Origin - North America.
  • Brazilian Cherry
    • Color is salmon red to orange-brown when fresh and becomes russet or reddish brown when seasoned. Grain is mostly interlocked with medium to rather coarse texture. Origin - South America.
  • Brazilian Maple
    • Color is pale cream to yellow cream. Grain is straight, fine, and uniform. Lower grades may have darker tan/brown colors. Origin - South America.
  • Brazilian Walnut
    • Can vary from light yellowish tan to blackish brown. Grain is fine to medium, straight to very irregular. Origin - South America.
  • Bubinga
    • Color is pink, red or red/brown with purple streaks. Grain is fine, straight or interlocked and can be highly figured. Origin - Africa.  
  • Cherry
    • Light brown to pale with light pinkish tone color. Grain is fine, frequently wavy, uniform texture. Significant color variation between boards. Origin - North America.
  • Cork
    • Color variations from light to dark. Grain is distinctive looking unlike any other wood. Origin - Spain & Portugal.
  • Cumaru
    • Light brown or yellow brown after exposure. Grain is a fine texture, interlocked, waxy or oily feel. Origin - South America.
  • Cypress
    • Cream colored appearance with closed grain. High degree of color variability. Origin - Australia.
  • Douglas Fir
    • Tan to white in color. Grain is normally straight with occasional wavy or spiral texture. Mostly always vertical grain. Variation in weight and strength. Origin - North America.
  • Hickory Pecan
    • White creamy with pinkish tones. Pecan grain is open and occasionally wavy or irregular. Hickory is closed with moderate definition and somewhat rough textured. Origin - North America.
  • Iroko
    • Light to medium brown color when newly installed. Changes to brown/dark brown over time. Interlocked to medium coarse grain texture. Origin - Africa.
  • Jarrah
    • Deep brownish red color with black streaks as the wood ages and has exposure. Frequently interlocked or wavy grain. Texture is moderately coarse. Origin - Australia.
  • Mahogany
    • Dark reddish brown in color with striped figuring in qaurtersawn sections for the grain. Texture is even and very fine. Origin - South America.
  • Maple
    • Pale to creamy white in color. The grain is closed, subdued grain. Occasionally shows quilted, fiddleback, curly or birds-eye figuring. Origin - Southeast Asia.
  • Merbeau
    • Brown or dark red-brown in color upon exposure. Grain is straight to interlocked or wavy; coarse texture. Origin - Southeast Asia.
  • Mesquite
    • Light brown to dark reddish brown in color. Grain is high in character with ingrown bark and mineral streaks.  Origin - North America.
  • Pine Antique Heart
    • Yellow with occasional blue-black sap stain. Dense grain with high figuring. Origin - North American
  • Pine Southern Yellow
    • Light tan to yellowish white. Grain is closed with high figuring. Patterns range from clear to knotty.  Origin - North America.
  • Pudauk
    • Cream colored and very uniform in color with straight to interlocked and coarse texture. Origin - Africa.
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  • Red Oak
    • Lighter in color with most pieces having a reddish tone. Slightly redder than white oak. Grain is open, slightly coarser and more porous than white oak. Origin - North America.
  • Sapele
    • Color is medium to dark red-brown and darkens more over time. Fine and interlocked grain patterns. Origin - Africa.
  • Spotted Gum
    • Pale in color with a dark brown heartwood. Grain is interlocked, moderately coarse and frequently has a wavy grain presence which produces "fiddleback" grain. Origin - Australia
  • Sydney Blue Gum
    • Wide range from pinks to burgundy reds for this woods color. Colors mute over time and darken to a medum brown-red color. Origin - Australia
  • Tasmanian Oak
    • Color is pale staw with occasional pinkish highlights, tan colors and some medium gray/brown colors. Grain is all riftsawn. Origin - Asia
  • Teak
    • Lighter cream colored sapwood. The grain is straight and coarse with an uneven texture. Origin - Asia.
  • Walnut
    • The heartwood ranges from a deep, rich dark brown to a purplish black.  Sapwood is nearly white to tan. Often the lumber is steamed to bleed the darker heartwood into the sapwood. Mostly straight and open grain with occasional burls. Origin - North America.
  • Wenge
    • Heartwood is yellow-brown when freshly cut, turning dark brown to almost black. Sapwood is yellowish-white. Grain is straight when quarter sawn. Texture is coarse . Origin - Africa.
  • White Oak
    • Light brown to white cream in color. Grain is open with longer rays than red oak. Occasional swirls and burls. Origin - North America.
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