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What Are The Most Common Types of Hardwood Floors?



When you think of hardwood floors, you probably picture a classic wood floor with a nice smooth finish. But did you know there are many different types of hardwood floors?


Hardwood floors come in a variety of species, including:


* Oak

* Hickory

* Maple

* Walnut

* Bamboo

* Cherry

* Mahogany (also called "genuine mahogany")


Each species has its own unique characteristics that make it better suited for certain rooms than others.


So how do you know which one is right for your home?


To help you figure it out, we've put together this handy guide on the most common types of hardwood floors.


Oak – Oak is one of the most popular hardwood flooring options and is often considered to be the "classic" hardwood. It has a straight grain and is available in many different shades, from light to dark.


Hickory – Hickory has a straight grain with a medium texture and color range. It's generally easier to work with than oak because it's not as hard.


Maple – Maple is another popular choice because it's very durable and has a gorgeous natural finish that can be sanded or stained.


Walnut – Walnut has a distinctive grain pattern that adds character to any room, but it does require more maintenance than other species because it tends to show scratches more easily than others do. It also has less variation in color than other hardwoods do—it comes in just two main shades: blonde (light) and dark (dark brown).


Bamboo - Bamboo is a highly sustainable material that's perfect for those who want a hardwood floor that's eco-friendly. It's made from fast-growing plants, which means it requires less energy to produce than other woods do—it only takes one year to grow enough bamboo for a floor, compared with three years for oak or maple. It also lasts longer than other types of wood because it resists scratches and dents so well.


Cherry - Cherry is a beautiful hardwood that's often used for furniture, cabinetry, and flooring. It has a reddish color with streaks of dark brown and black throughout—it's very similar to mahogany in appearance. Cherry is also one of the hardest types of wood available; it'll hold up well against scratches or dents from everyday use.


Mahogany - Mahogany is another type of hardwood that's often used in furniture and cabinetry. It has a reddish-brown color with streaks of dark brown or black throughout, which makes it look very similar to cherry. Like cherry, mahogany is also one of the hardest types of wood available; it'll hold up well against scratches or dents from everyday use.


Hardwood floors can be a great investment for your home, but it's important to take the time to choose the right species for your needs. Do your research on the different types of hardwood flooring options available, and talk with one of our experienced flooring professionals at Norman's in Stuttgart about which type might work best for you.


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