F L O O R I N G
Since they offer the
best value for the highest quality, these readily available wood species
are our most popular choices as flooring material.
These species are
also available upon
request, as well as many others.
Virtually all wood
Ash flooring has characteristics of the ash tree. The heartwood is light tan to dark brown, while the sapwood is creamy to bright white. The grain patterning is bold and similar to oak, though ash is harder than red oak. It is very durable, stains well, and has above average stability.
Cherry has a light yellow to pale brown sapwood with a light pinkish tone. The heartwood is light to dark red brown, a lustrous rich red. Cherry has a fine, closed grain with occasional narrow brown pith flecks and small gum pockets. It has an otherwise uniform texture. Cherry is light sensitive and changes dramatically upon exposure to light. The wood is considerably softer than red oak, and has average stability. It has a timeless elegance.
Eastern white pine is a pale yellow tan to light red brown with occasional streaks of creamy white on some edges and ends. Its knots can be large and dark brown. The grain is inconspicuous hard to define. The wood is soft, so the flooring dents easily and deep, but this does not shorten the life span. Pine is chosen for its rich patina and history. It's a comfortable and welcoming floor once it is broken in.
Heart pine sapwood is a yellowish brown, and its heartwood is orange to warm reddish brown. The wood is resinous. The grain is open and broad. Heart pine is softer than red oak and has above average stability. When sanding the paper will tend to get clogged with resin, making sanding potentially difficult.
Maple’s sapwood is creamy to pale white. Its heartwood is light to medium brown with fine light brown lines. Maple has a closed, subdued grain and a fine, uniform texture. It is harder than red oak and has average stability. Care must be taken with maple flooring. It's not generally recommended for radiant heat applications or sites near bodies of water. Sanding marks and finish lines are more obvious because of the wood's density and light color. Maple does not stain uniformly, but it has a clean, pleasant appearance.
Red Birch flooring is our specialty. Its name is somewhat misleading, as red birch is select from the heartwood of the yellow birch tree. It is a light, reddish-brown, tinged with dark hues of red. Red birch has a closed straight grain and a fine, even texture, though it can have occasional curly or wavy grain. It is slightly less hard than red oak, though it is more stable than oak. It has a richness in coloring and a true warmth.
Red Oak sapwood and heartwood are similar: a medium to light brown with red tones. The grain is open and coarse. Red oaks’ hardness is the benchmark by which other species are measures. Its stability is average. Red oak is durable; stains well with strong contrast because of its large pores; and works well for bleached floors. The boards have uniform and predominately straight grain, marked by an occasional iridescent fleck.
Roasted Hardwood flooring has characteristics of the red oak, soft maple or yellow birch tree. Red oak, soft maple and yellow birch are “torrified” while drying: in a kiln, oxygen is removed at high temperature causing the wood to roast. The resulting color is a fairly uniform brown. Unlike a floor stained to a brown color, the color is consistent throughout the board. The grain is fine and less defined.
Sapele is in the same family as mahogany. The wood is a light to deep reddish brown. Sapele has a medium to coarse texture. Its grain is straight to interlocked. It is much harder than African mahogany and red oak. It is a great alternative to mahogany.
Walnut sapwood is tan, and the heartwood is a dark, rich brown to purplish black. Walnut is often steamed to bleed the dark brown into the lighter sap. The wood has uniform texture. It is softer than red oak and has excellent stability. Walnut flooring has a richness unmatched in other woods.
White oak sapwood is a creamy brown, and its heartwood is a light brown with a gray tinge. The grain is open and coarse. White oak is durable, slightly harder than red oak, and has average stability. It may have a greenish hue when bleached.
Yellow birch sapwood is creamy yellow to pale white. The heartwood is a light reddish brown tinged with dark hues of red. Birch has a closed grain and a fine, even texture with occasional curly or wavy grain. It can have a large variation in color. Birch is slightly less hard but more stable than red oak. Yellow birch flooring is a traditional New England floor chosen for its durability and warm tones, much welcomed during the long, cold winter.