How to Select the Best Hardwood Flooring For Your Property


There are many brands and different types of domestic hardwood available in the market. They can be classified into three categories, namely, strip, chip and strip. Each of these types of hardwood flooring have their own features, advantages and disadvantages. You should be well aware of them before you decide upon your lumber from a well reputed provider like Tropical Forest Products. Let us take a closer look at each of them:

Chip and Strip Flooring

The first one is the chip and strip flooring system. This is the most commonly used type of flooring system. It is widely preferred over other types of flooring for its ease of installation and affordable price. Chip and strip flooring is available in a wide range of color, designs, shades, grains and man-made and natural substances like vinyl, ceramic tiles, hardwood and engineered wood products. This makes it a wonderful choice for your indoors as well as outdoors floorings for your enclosed deck.

The second one is the strip system of domestic wood species. It is often installed over engineered wood panels and plywood in order to obtain a smooth finish without the use of adhesives. This system uses unidirectional gluing process which makes it stronger and more durable than adhesive based systems. Moreover, it provides excellent color variations from board to board.

Janka Hardness Rating

The third type is the janka hardness rating. The janka hardness rating system is designed to give a rough idea about the amount of durability that your floor has. Domestic wood species with low janka hardness rating are less durable than those with higher rating. In fact, they can even cause damage to your precious household appliances due to the frequent scratching. Generally, the higher the rank hardness rating, the better quality the flooring will be.

On the contrary, domestic hardwood flooring with higher janka hardness rating are considered better for use in applications requiring intense compressive forces. One example is installing garage floors. For such purposes, yellow birch would be recommended over white birch or black birch. Typically, birch floors with a low janka hardness rating are used for applications where the wear and tear factor are very high due to heavy vehicle traffic.

Solid and Engineered Wood

Domestic hardwood floors can also be obtained in two types: solid and engineered. Engineered wood is constructed with the help of kiln-drying processes. The resulting product is called white oak or red maple. Meanwhile, solid birch is not engineered and contains natural graining. All other types of wood species have undergone some form of processing to improve their appearance and durability.

There are several domestic wood species suitable for use as flooring. However, they differ in terms of strength, color variation from board to board, and hardness. It is important to determine the amount of undertones (brown color variation from blackboard to brown board or white board to white board) available before selecting the right one. Some undertones are considered better for use in high traffic areas, whereas others are considered better for use in rooms with lesser traffic. Certain domestic wood species, especially those with light brown color variations from board to board are ideal for use as both hardwood flooring and hardwood furniture.

Walnut is an excellent example of domestic wood species that is highly suitable for use as hardwood flooring which will surely going to match up with your wooden gate designs. It is available in a number of different grades including light brown which has a moderate color variation from honey colored to black board; medium brown with a moderate color variation from honey colored to reddish brown board; and dark brown with a light color variation from honey colored to golden brown board. Walnut can be used both as room darkening and as a summerager. It has a unique grain that makes it an excellent choice for use in flooring applications.

Noah Eastwood
Noah Eastwood has been a part of various flooring design projects and has a rich history of over 15 years in the industry. After graduating with a degree in Interior Design from the Pratt Institute, he quickly gained recognition for his innovative use of sustainable materials. Since joining our team as a freelancer in 2019, Noah has become a go-to expert for eco-friendly and aesthetically pleasing flooring solutions. When not working, he dedicates time to writing articles on emerging trends in floor design and enjoys woodworking, creating custom pieces for local clients.

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