Domestic Hardwood Flooring
Domestic hardwood flooring includes all the native hardwood species commonly found in the United States and Canada.
Woods such as Maple, Ash, White and Red Oak, and Hickory are just a few of the iconic species
that make up the domestic species.
Domestic woods tend to share a few common characteristics. The natural color tones of these woods are light browns,
with yellow and light red overtones. They also tend to be significantly softer than equatorial and tropical hardwoods from regions
such as South America and Africa. And these same domestic species grow throughout the northern hemisphere from Western Europe to Asia.
Red Oak flooring, one of the most famous of the American domestics, is used as a barometer and middle ground for
measuring hardness, with a Janka hardness rating of 1,290 lbs.
White Oak weighs in at just a bit over that at 1,360 lbs. On the higher end, Hickory comes in
at 1,820lbs, while a softer wood like American Cherry rates at 950 lbs. In flooring, Yellow Pine and Douglas Fir
represent the softwood category, with Janka hardness ratings of around 750lbs.
Often associated with distinction and tradition, the clean, consistent feel of woods such as White Oak and Maple have long been
used in stately manors and distinguished public buildings since the formation of the United States.
The reason for these woods great popularity is partially
due to the fact that lighter colored hardwoods create an expansive feel by reflecting light.
This makes any room or space appear larger, cleaner, and more
vibrant. With their natural beauty and historical significance, it is no wonder that these woods are close to the hearts of many Americans.
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