Our solid prefinished hardwood flooring line includes four species: hickory, maple, red oak, and white oak. Here is more information about each species:
Hickory: Hickory is a domestic species known for its exceptional hardness. It is affordable and resistant to dents and scratches, making it a great choice for homes with pets and children. It has a high Janka rating, which means it is highly resistant to scratches, and it continues to look great for years. However, hickory is susceptible to movement, so it is recommended to use planks that are four inches or narrower to prevent excessive movement. If your floor does crack, increasing humidity is a good solution.
Maple: Maple is a hard, stable flooring option that is resistant to movement. It is not as hard as hickory, but it is close. It is important to maintain consistent humidity levels in homes with maple flooring to prevent movement. Maple has both tight and soft grains, which can affect how stain adheres to the wood.
Red Oak: Red oak is a popular and economical wood species. It is lower in price than some other options, but it still looks great and wears well. It has good stability and is not as affected by changes in humidity as other species. However, it does dent and ding more easily due to its lower Janka rating. Red oak is known for its ability to take stain consistently.
White Oak: White oak is a popular and widely used flooring species. It takes stain consistently, giving the floor a uniform look. It is known for its beauty when stained and has similar durability to red oak. It is resistant to movement and can handle wide planks up to five inches.
We highly recommend using the plus grade for your solid prefinished hardwood flooring. While it may come at a higher cost, the quality is worth the extra money. The plus grade offers longer lengths, more uniformity, and a better overall installation experience. In fact, we typically sell 70% of our prefinished hardwood flooring in plus grade. Please keep in mind that these are special grades that are not recognized by the NWFA (National Wood Flooring Association).