In Waukesha, few types of flooring offer the style, versatility, and durability of a hardwood floor. If you’re shopping for a hardwood floor, one decision you’ll have to make is which type of wood to use. Exotic species, especially Brazilian hardwoods, have enjoyed a lot of attention in recent years. However, there are a number of domestic hardwood options that have a competitive edge in terms of style, durability, and affordability. Here’s a little information from the experts at Floor Coverings International Waukesha about some of what domestic hardwoods have to offer.

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Diversity in Style

With several types of domestic hardwood to choose from, each with its own unique characteristics, there is no shortage of looks you can create.

Red oak is perhaps the most popular variety of domestic hardwood. It has natural red and light pink tones along with a distinct grain pattern that gives homes a warm, elegant feel.

Ash and birch, on the other hand, have much lighter blonde colorations that help make rooms feel open and airy.

If you want a floor with character, hickory is an excellent choice. Its wood is generally lighter in color but can vary even within a single plank. It also tends to have very dark brown and even purple graining that gives a floor dramatic character.

Of course, these are just the characteristics of a few of the types of domestic hardwoods. Cherry, maple, and black walnut all have their own unique features, too. And, when you combine the choices of domestic hardwood with options of stains, textures, and plank widths, you can create a myriad of styles that range from old-world rustic to sophisticated and modern.

Durable Choices

Along with being stylish, domestic hardwoods can be remarkably resilient, too. Durability in hardwood flooring is measured using the Janka hardness scale, where a higher score indicates a denser and more durable wood. Hickory and white oak are the two densest domestic hardwoods, with scores of 1,820 and 1,360 respectively. While certain exotic species have Janka scores well above 3,000, both hickory and white oak are more than capable of resisting the scratches and dents that often occur in busy homes.Oak Hardwood Flooring in Waukesha


Domestic hardwoods are typically more affordable than exotic species for a couple of reasons. First, as you might suspect, they don’t have to be shipped from overseas, which ultimately results in a lower price for you. Also, suppliers like Armstrong and Shaw Floors both have programs that ensure they are using sustainable hardwood. While programs like these are both important and commendable, ensuring the sustainability of exotic hardwoods through global organizations like the Forestry Stewardship Council can be costlier than ensuring domestic sustainability, which also helps contribute to a relatively higher price tag for exotic species.

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If you need help selecting the right type of hardwood flooring for your Waukesha home, or you’d like information on a different kind of flooring, call the experts at Floor Coverings International Waukesha. We proudly serve Waukesha, Brookfield, Milwaukee, and surrounding areas. Call or schedule a free, in-home design consultation today!

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