We offer four species of solid prefinished hardwood flooring for our solid prefinished hardwood flooring line. The species we offer include hickory, maple, red oak, and white oak.
Prefinished Solid Hickory: Hickory is an exceptionally hard domestic species. Hickory is affordable while still being resistant to dents and scratches. Prefinished solid hickory hardwood flooring works great in homes with pets and children. The Janka rating of hickory is very high, which results in great scratch resistance. Hickory continues to look great for years because of its scratch-resistant nature. Hickory is susceptible to movement, and many manufacturers recommend limiting plank width to four inches or narrower to ensure the floor does not move excessively. If your floor does crack, adding humidity is an ideal solution.
Prefinished Solid Maple: Maple is a great flooring option because of its hardness levels and resistance to movement. Maple is not as hard as hickory flooring, but it is close. Humidity levels should be kept consistent in homes with maple flooring to limit movement, a whole-house humidifier is a great option. Stain colors look different on maple than on other woods because of the grain styles in maple flooring. Maple features both tight and soft grains, so stain adheres differently in the different grain styles.
Prefinished Red Oak: Red Oak is often considered one of the most economical wood species. Red oak is lower in price than other materials but still looks great and wears well. The stability in prefinished red oak is better than other species, and slight changes in humidity often go unnoticed. Red oak does dent and ding more easily than other woods because of its lower Janka rating. Red oak is a great option for solid prefinished hardwood flooring because of its ability to stain consistently.
Prefinished White Oak: White oak is the most popular flooring species on the market. White oak takes stain consistently and gives the flooring a uniform look. No floor stains as beautifully as white oak. White oak has similar durability to red oak flooring. While all woods are susceptible to movement, white oak does well with seasonal changes and can easily go up to five-inch wide planks.
We highly suggest using the plus grade for your solid prefinished hardwood flooring. The plus grade does come in at a higher cost, but the quality is worth the additional money. Plus-grade offers longer lengths, more uniformity, and a better installation experience. We typically sell 70% of our prefinished hardwood flooring in plus-grade floors. Please remember these are special grades that are not in the NWFA.