In Atlanta, Georgia, our line of solid prefinished hardwood flooring features four wood species, each with its unique characteristics and benefits:
Hickory: Hickory is a domestically grown hardwood species known for its exceptional hardness. It offers remarkable durability and resistance to dents and scratches, making it a great choice for homes with pets and children. Hickory boasts a high Janka rating, ensuring it remains in great condition for years. To prevent excessive movement, it is advisable to use planks that are four inches or narrower, and increasing humidity can be a solution if cracks occur.
Maple: Maple is a hard and stable flooring option that is less susceptible to movement. While not as hard as hickory, it is still quite resilient. Maintaining consistent humidity levels is crucial in homes with maple flooring to prevent excessive movement. Maple exhibits a combination of tight and soft grains, which can affect how stains adhere to the wood.
Red Oak: Red oak is a well-known and cost-effective wood species. It offers an attractive appearance and durability, with good stability that is less affected by changes in humidity compared to other woods. However, it is more prone to dents and dings due to its lower Janka rating. Red oak is appreciated for its consistent ability to take stains.
White Oak: White oak is another highly regarded and commonly used hardwood species for flooring. It takes stain consistently, delivering a uniform and attractive appearance. White oak’s beauty shines when stained, and it possesses similar durability to red oak. It resists movement and can accommodate wider planks, including those up to five inches in width.
No matter which wood species you choose, you’ll find a suitable and beautiful flooring solution at Rustic Wood Floor Supply.
Choosing the plus grade for your solid prefinished hardwood flooring is a wise investment. Despite the additional cost, the quality and benefits it offers make it a worthwhile choice. The plus grade provides longer board lengths, greater uniformity, and an overall superior installation experience. At Rustic Wood Floor Supply, around 70% of our prefinished hardwood flooring is sold in the plus grade. It’s important to note that these special grades, although not officially recognized by the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA), significantly enhance the look and performance of your flooring.