We know that our customers in the East Bay, Pleasanton, San Ramon areas only want the best hardwoods for their homes, but the variety of choices can be overwhelming at times. With so many interesting hardwood species to choose from, it can be hard to find which one is right for your home. Whether you’re looking for durability, aesthetic, or sustainability, the experts at Floor Coverings International East Bay can help you find your ideal floors. Read below to learn about a few of the most interesting hardwoods on the market!
This hardwood stands out against other flooring options for its unique durability. One feature that makes the Brazilian walnut so interesting is its incredibly high Janka hardness rating of 3680. This lends the flooring to be a wonderful option for areas with high levels of foot traffic, including commercial spaces. This species’ exceptional ability to resist decay caused by fungus and termites also qualifies this hardwood to be a great choice for outdoor flooring, even without the use of preservatives. Thanks to these properties, Brazilian walnut makes for a durable hardwood to be used for any number of flooring projects.
Some of your first encounters with this wood may not have been through flooring, but through sports; American white ash is commonly used to make baseball bats, oars, and other sporting goods. It is white ash’s versatility that makes it so desirable, as its properties allow it to be easily manipulated into furniture, hardwood floors, and more! Furthermore, after manufacturing, the wood is very durable, with a Janka score of 1320. To top it all off, this tree can be harvested sustainably from 2.2 million domestic acres that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). With its light color and coarse grain, white ash makes for a unique and appealing indoor hardwood.
Contrary to its name, the Brazilian cherry does not produce fruit, but is rather named after its vibrant color – a quality that has made this species an appealing aesthetic choice for many homeowners. Furthermore, this species’ exceptional durability and Janka hardness rating of 2690 distinguishes it from common hardwoods like hard maple (1450) or American cherry (995). While this is one of the most popular exotic hardwoods, it is not the most sustainable, and has led to illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest. Be sure to look for Brazilian cherry that is reclaimed or certified by the FSC, so you can benefit from its durability and aesthetic while supporting sustainable foresting.
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Whether they are sourced domestically or abroad, there are a number of interesting hardwood species available that can make for unique, appealing, and sustainable flooring in any Pleasanton home. Contact Floor Coverings International East Bay today for a free in-home consultation.
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