Hardwood floors

If you’re thinking of putting in wood floors, you can’t go wrong. All types of hardwood floors have unmatched natural beauty and go with any decor — modern, traditional, country, you name it. Hardwood flooring goes in any room, although kitchens and basements warrant special considerations.

Regardless of which hardwood species you choose, wood floors are considered the gold standard of flooring surfaces and add value to your home. Wood floors are said to last a lifetime (with proper maintenance) and gain more character with age. So, it’s no wonder this flooring option is so popular! When deciding to go with hardwood there are construction considerations on your selection (Solid or Engineered) but there is also a decision for you to make between a Traditional or Exotic Hardwood Species. Let us break down the most common hardwood floor species today and hopefully make that decision just a little easier!

Solid hardwood flooring

Solid hardwood is generally what most people think of when they imagine hardwood flooring.

It consists of solid pieces of wood from your preferred species. The entire hardwood plank is constructed from that wood.

People love solid hardwood for its natural beauty. It gives your home a warm, authentic charm, no matter the species.

Solid hardwood flooring is also extremely durable. Install it right and maintain it as directed to ensure it lasts a lifetime.

The downsides to solid hardwood are its high price and susceptibility to moisture damage. Don’t use it in rooms with high amounts of humidity.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered hardwood is constructed from several layers of wood pressed together. A layer of actual hardwood is laid on top of this core layer as well as on the bottom of it.

The multi-ply construction of engineered hardwood flooring makes it less susceptible to moisture damage. The wood can expand and contract with no negative results as humidity levels change.

Engineered hardwood flooring is also valued for its flexibility. It’s versatile enough to use in basements and upper-story floors. You can even install it directly over a concrete subfloor or a radiant heating system with no ill effects.

An additional benefit of this type of hardwood flooring is its price. It’s must less expensive than solid hardwood flooring.

The downsides to engineered hardwood are that it can’t be sanded and refinished, it’s not quite as durable and long lasting, and it doesn’t add as much resell value to your home.

Remember that engineered hardwood flooring isn’t the same as laminate wood flooring!

Wood Species


Cherry is one of the most popular species used for hardwood flooring.

It’s available in several varieties. The most popular is American cherry.

American cherry, also known as black cherry, is notable for its red and pink hues as well as its tight, wavy grain. These are complemented by a lustrous finish.

Though cherry is a very soft hardwood, it still manages to maintain good dimensional stability.

Cherry hardwood flooring is also on the lower end regarding photosensitivity, meaning it will show sun damage if installed in direct sunlight for multiple years.

Cherry is an expensive type of hardwood flooring.


Walnut is another popular hardwood species available in multiple varieties.

The most commonly used in North America is American walnut. It’s notable for its rich brown color that often contains a purple hue. The dark swirling grains look beautiful in any home.

Like cherry, walnut is a soft hardwood. It’s not the best option for use in areas like a dining room where heavy dining chairs slide back and forth on a regular basis.

Walnut does, however, have a high resistance to light damage. Its stellar photosensitivity makes it a good choice in rooms with year-round direct sunlight.

Another benefit of walnut hardwood flooring is its light weight. It can be used on upper stories without a problem.

Walnut is one of the most expensive types of hardwood flooring.


Another popular species for hardwood flooring, oak is loved for its classic good looks and old-fashioned warmth.

Oak hardwood flooring is a great choice in traditional style homes. It blends well with a wide range of furniture and décor.

Two main varieties of oak hardwood flooring are available: red oak and white oak. The main difference between the two is color.

Red Oak

Red oak is much lighter. The neutral color features a reddish hue.

White Oak

Both types of oak feature a mid-range hardness rating. Despite being able to stand up to heavy impacts, oak is prone to scraping. Use furniture pads on all heavy furniture to prevent damage.

Oak is a mid-priced type of hardwood flooring.

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