Choosing a Hard Wood Species | Wood Species Hardness

Choosing a Hardwood Species

Below are the American Classic hardwood species commonly offered in hardwood flooring. These are their natural, unstained wood colors. The numbers in parenthesis below the name represent the Janka hardness for each wood specie.

American Cherry
American Cherry
(950)
Ash
Ash
(1320)
Beech
Beech
(1300)
American Hickory
Hickory
(1820)
Maple
Maple
(1450)
Birch
Birch
(1260)
Red Oak
Red Oak
(1290)
Walnut
Walnut
(1010)
White Oak
White Oak
(1360)
Yellow Birch
Yellow Birch
(1260)
Yellow Pine
Yellow Pine
(690)

Below are some of the most popular Exotic hardwood species used in hardwood flooring. The exotic wood species are imported from various countries around the World. Note the wonderful, natural brown tones and striking reds and yellows within these wood species. This can really add richness and charm to any room.

Afican Padauk
African Padauk
(1725)
African Teak
African Teak
(1155)
Amendoim
Amendoim
(Brazilian Oak)
(1912)
Brazilian Cherry (Jatoba)
Brazilian Cherry (Jatoba)
(2820)
Brazilian Teak
Brazilian Teak (Cumaru)
(3540)
Brazilian Walnut
Brazilian Walnut
(3680)
Kempas
Kempas
(1710)
Merbau
Merbau
(1925)
Santos Mahogany
Santos Mahogany
(2200)
Sapele
Sapele
(1510)
Tiete Chestnut
Tiete Chestnut
(3540)
Tiete Rosewood
Tiete Rosewood
(3280)
Tigerwood
Tigerwood
(2160)
Timborana
Timborana (Angelium)
(1570)
   

We recommend now that you have learned something about the various wood species you might want to learn about the types of hardwood floors.

See also World Floor Covering Association's flooring store locator for specialty flooring stores in your area that sell hardwood flooring.


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The singular of species is "species." The word "specie" refers to money, esp. silver and gold coinage of yore. You might mention that most "exotics" are extracted from unsustainable old-growth forests, including rainforests. Zebra hides and elephant-foot ashtrays are nice accents for Rosewood.
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Addendum...sorry. I missed that the hardness is indicated in choosing species of wood. Excellent

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