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Types of Wood

We offer installation of a wide variety of wood flooring, common and exotic, so your new floor can have precisely the color, grain, and hardness you’re dreaming of. The following are just some of the wood types our customers request. If you don’t see the one you want, just give us a call!

American Cherry

American cherry has a warm, medium brownish-orange hue with a moderate grain pattern throughout. Natural light will darken the natural color of American cherry more than it does other woods.

 

  • Hardness – 26% softer than red oak (hardness reflects how much impact wood will withstand without denting)
  • Stability – 33% more stable than red oak (stability reflects how well wood resists separation and contraction during seasonal changes)

American Walnut

American walnut has a dark, rich brown hue. Unlike most woods, it has noticeably light sapwood content. The graining of American walnut is minimal, but can differ from straight to curled grain throughout the floor.

 

  • Hardness – 22% softer than red oak
  • Stability -26% more stable than red oak

Ash

Ash has a natural light yellow hue with a distinctive grain pattern throughout. The graining of ash has a creamy white hue, which makes daily wear and scratching less noticeable. Ash allows stain to accept an intense, even color throughout the floor.

 

  • Hardness – 2% harder than red oak
  • Stability -26% more stable than red oak

Australian Cypress

Australian cypress has a golden brown hue with darker knot holes throughout. Any grade of Australian cypress features a high amount of color variability throughout the wood.

 

  • Hardness – 6% harder than red oak
  • Stability – 56% more stable than red oak

Beech

Beech has a very pale to reddish brown hue with a moderate grain pattern throughout. The graining of beech is more uniform throughout the floor than most woods.

 

  • Hardness – 1% harder than red oak
  • Stability – 17% less stable than red oak

Birch

Birch has a pale to light tan hue with a moderate grain pattern throughout. Birch flooring’s light color and minimal grain pattern means people often mistake it for maple.

 

  • Hardness – 2% softer than red oak
  • Stability – 8% more stable than red oak

Brazilian Cherry

Brazilian cherry has a light reddish orange hue when initially installed. Over time, it will assume a dark rich reddish brown hue with a moderate grain pattern throughout. Unlike most other wood flooring, Brazilian cherry displays a large range of color variation. It is also more sensitive to light.

 

  • Hardness -82% harder than red oak
  • Stability -19% more stable than red oak

Brazilian Walnut

Brazilian walnut has light tan, medium brown and greenish hue when initially installed. Over time, exposure to light will give it a medium to dark brown hue with an irregular grain pattern throughout. Brazilian walnut displays a larger range of color variation than most other wood flooring.

 

  • Hardness – 185% harder than red oak
  • Stability – 7% more stable than red oak

Heart Pine

Heart pine has a yellow hue when initially installed. Over time, it will assume a medium reddish brown hue. The color change in heart pine is caused by the high amount of resin it contains. Heart pine has a predominant grain, and is often reclaimed from other properties.

 

  • Hardness – 5% softer than red oak
  • Stability – 29% more stable than red oak

Hickory

Hickory has a light cream to medium brown hue with variations in color throughout. Its multiple grades offer a greater variety of character than most woods.

 

  • Hardness – 41% harder than red oak
  • Stability– 11% less stable than red oak

Maple

Maple has a pale to light tan hue with minimal grain pattern throughout. Maple does not stain well, as stain makes its color appear uneven and blotchy throughout the floor.

 

  • Hardness – 12% harder than red oak
  • Stability – 4% more stable than red oak

Red Oak

Red oak has a light pinkish tan to medium brown hue. The predominant graining of red oak allows it to hide daily wear and scratching more than other woods. Red oak accepts stain more evenly than other woods as well. It is the standard wood used for flooring by most builders and remodelers.

  • Hardness – Benchmark for hardness of other species
  • Stability – Benchmark for stability of other species

White Oak

White oak has a light brown to dull gray hue, with a moderate grain pattern throughout. White oak’s variations in color and graining are noticeable, but not as much as in red oak.

 

  • Hardness – 5% harder than red oak
  • Stability – 1% more stable than red oak

Santos Mahogany

Santos mahogany has a warm reddish brown hue, with a moderate grain pattern throughout. Exposure to light will darken the color of Santos mahogany more noticeable than in other woods.

 

  • Hardness – 71% harder than red oak
  • Stability – 36% more stable than red oak

Sapele

Sapele has a rich reddish brown hue and a moderate grain pattern throughout. Sapele’s ribbon-like grain gives it a unique appearance.

 

  • Hardness – 16% harder than red oak
  • Stability – 14% more stable than red oak

Spotted Gum

Spotted gum has a light tan to dark brown hue, with a moderate grain pattern throughout. Spotted gum noticeable color variation and a diverse grain pattern that differs from most other woods.

 

  • Hardness – 92% harder than red oak
  • Stability – Not available

Dave’s Wood Floors installs both unfinished and prefinished flooring.

Unfinished flooring requires sanding, staining, and finishing during installation. Unfinished planks typically have a square edge, which allows sanding that gives the entire floor a flat, level surface. Unfinished flooring is also available with a beveled edge, which creates more defined borders between each plank.

Prefinished flooring is sanded, stained, and finished at the factory, thus minimizing installation time. Prefinished planks typically have a beveled or pillowed edge, which helps hide any unevenness in the subfloor. Prefinished planks are also available with a square edge, which does not obscure the underlying subfloor’s unevenness; for this reason, a prefinished square edge floor typically doesn’t appear as flat as a custom alternative.

Finishes

Whether we’re installing a new floor or refinishing an existing one, Dave’s Wood Floors offers every imaginable finish to choose from. If you have a specific stain in mind, just let us know what you’re after! But if you’re not yet certain which finish would best complement your floor, trust our team to present options you’re sure to love. We recommend selecting your stain color on the same day we sand the floor, as doing so will guarantee it’s a shade that best matches its surroundings.

  • Oil-based finishes allow a wood’s warm, natural hues to pop. These finishes typically amber over time and with exposure to sunlight, ultimately taking on a moderate color.
  • Water-based finishes excel at softening out a wood’s natural colors, which turns its red tones into more pinkish ones. These finishes include UV protectant that guards against ambering over time (although they may ultimately lighten in color).
  • Emulsion finishes are oil-modified, water-based products that offer the best of both worlds: the appearance of an oil-based finish, complete with water-based characteristics.

In addition to every kind of finish, we can give your floor whichever gloss you would like best. Our customers often prefer the medium luster of a semi-gloss sheen, but also choose satin sheens when they want a duller appearance, easier cleaning, and less noticeable scratches. We offer matte and satin sheens as well!

Customizations

Dave’s Wood Floors is committed to installing exactly the new floor you envision for your home or commercial property. If you can imagine a wood floor, we will provide the expert customizations that make it come to fruition!

Thickness

Wood flooring is typically available in thicknesses ranging from 3/8″ to 3/4″, although different types of wood may also be available in widths ranging from 1-1/2″ to 8″. Solid standard wood flooring is available in 3/4″ thickness. Unfinished standard engineered wood flooring is available in 5/8″ thickness; prefinished standard engineered wood flooring, 3/8″ and 1/2″. There are relative pros and cons to different types of flooring and plank thickness; for example, only engineered wood is stable enough for below-grade flooring. We’ll be happy to explain the best solution for your flooring during an on-site consultation!

Grade

We offer three grades of red oak: the most popular wood for flooring. Select grade red oak possesses a uniform color with minimal variation throughout the floor. #1 grade has minimal variation in color between planks, as well as a small number of knot holes throughout the floor. #2 grade has the most color variation, as well as mineral streaking and numerous knot holes.

Border

Want to really make your foyer, entryway, or great room a showstopper? A simple strip border will do wonders for any room! Our borders are available in multiple sizes, designs, and wood types, so you can effortlessly complement your kitchen cabinets, outline your fireplace, or create a gorgeous transition between any two rooms.

Medallion

Nothing says class quite like a floor medallion. Regardless of its design, size, or the types of wood it encompasses, we can create any custom floor medallion you can imagine. We do corporate logos as well!

Vents

 The ultimate finishing touch to any wood floor! Our wide selection of self-rimming and flush-mount vents are available in multiple sizes, styles, and wood types. We also offer custom vents that are guaranteed to truly complement your flooring.