Wood Types

Wood floors come in a variety of colors that will fit any decor. Today's wood floors come in more than 50 species, both domestic and exotic, spanning the spectrum of color options, hardness, and price ranges. No matter what the look you want to achieve, there are a variety of species to match.

GRAIN Coarse. Hickory is open, with moderate definition. Open, with longer rays than red oak. Occasional crotches, swirls and burls. Fine. Closed, subdued grain, with medium figuring and uniform texture. Open, slightly coarser (more porous) than white oak. Mostly straight and open, but some boards have burled or curly grain.
HARDNESS (JANKA) 1820 - (41% harder than Northern red oak). 1210 - (6% softer than Northern red oak) 1450 - (12% harder than Northern red oak). 1290 1010 - (22% softer than Northern red oak).
COLOR Hickory heartwood is tan or reddish; sapwood is white to cream, with fine brown lines. Heartwood is light brown; some boards may have a pinkish tint or a slight grayish cast. Sapwood is white to cream. Heartwood is creamy white to light reddish brown; sapwood is pale to creamy white. Heartwood and sapwood are similar, with sapwood lighter in color; most pieces have a reddish tone. Slightly redder than white oak Heartwood ranges from a deep, rich dark brown to a purplish black. Sapwood is nearly white to tan.
UNIQUE ATTRIBUTES Specks, Burls & Streaks Streaks & Pin Knots Wavy Variations Pin Knots Streaks & Pin Knots

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