White Oak is strong hardness of about 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 and easy to work with. White Oak is resistant to moisture and is good for staining or fuming. Color varies from a light tan to pale yellow brown
Red Oak is more porous and open grain.
Red Oak has a pinkish cast. It is also a bit softer than White Oak and should only be used indoors for floors and furniture.
Walnut is a great choice for flooring because of its beauty, durability and stability. Color varies from a purplish brown to a dark chocolate brown to the sap wood which has a blonde hue.
Maple is one of the hardest flooring options. It is harder than oak and less prone to denting. Maple is very affordable as it is readily available, it is also a very hard wood and comes in a variety of hues.
Hickory is beautiful and durable It is the hardest of the domestic species, Coloring is brown to tan with a sap wood that is white to creamy. The hardness and durability of Hickory make it ideal for areas of high traffic.
Beautiful and durable choice for hardwood flooring. It will darken with age and fits any decor. Color ranges from a light red tones to a deeper, dark red. A classic choice for hardwood floors.
Ash is almost as hard as White Oak. It has similar grain patterns that show off stains quite well. Ash is becoming harder to come by because of the Emerald Ash borer which is killing off the trees.
Pine is a softwood and therefore susceptible to damage, dents and dings. There are different varieties of pine from Knotty to Yellow to Heart Pine. This is a good choice for an older home or a cabin. It is readily available and slightly cheaper than other hardwoods,