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The BuildDirect Guide to Hardwoods for Flooring

If you have decided on hardwood for your home, that’s only half the battle. There are several types of hardwoods for flooring, each with their own benefits. We’ve compiled the top hardwoods for flooring, both exotic and domestic, to help you make an informed decision you’ll love for years to come.

Exotic Hardwoods for Flooring

brazilian cherry hardwoods for flooring
Mazama Hardwood – Andes Collection in Natural Brazilian Cherry / SKU: 15264959

Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Floors: Why Do You Need Them?

For an elegant and distinctive look throughout your rooms, Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors make a fabulous choice. Learn about the wood’s interesting origin, to its beauty, durability, and the value it adds to your property… Read More

acacia hardwoods for flooring
Mazama Hardwood – Tropical Collection in Acacia / SKU: 10061340

Acacia Hardwood Flooring: A Feast Of Options

Among hardwood flooring choices, acacia wood stands out as a versatile hardwood option. This exotic wood can lend a dynamic look to any room, fitting in with many décor styles and interior designs. Discover how the stain and plank options, along with the wood’s natural grain, offer a feast of decorating inspiration for homeowners… Read More

bamboo hardwoods for flooring
Sonora Floors Bamboo Collection in Strand Woven Natural / SKU: 15247391

Bamboo Is The Hardwood Flooring Solution You Never Knew You Needed

While bamboo is techincally a grass it is categorized among hardwoods for flooring. We know about the sustainable virtues of bamboo, but what about its properties and look as flooring? We’ll delve deeper into how you can use bamboo in every type of décor style… Read More

Sandalwood: Hardwood Species You’ve Never Heard Of, But Should

Unlike other hardwoods for flooring, the sandalwood tree’s growth patterns are almost like those of bushes, in that they don’t need to achieve old-growth status to be harvested. It truly is a unique and valuable tree, and our ancestors were right to prize sandalwood for all that it has to give us… Read More

kempas hardwoods for flooring
Mazama Hardwood – Exotic Kempas Collection in Natural / SKU: 15003607

Kempas: Hardwood Species You’ve Never Heard Of, But Should

Kempas is one of the best hardwoods for flooring. Native to Malaysia and Indonesia, Koompassia malaccensis are tall deciduous trees that produce some of the most lovely and unique hardwoods in the world. Here’s why you should consider kempas as an option for your next interior design or home improvement project… Read More

Wenge: Hardwood Species You’ve Never Heard Of, But Should

Most prolific in central Africa, this dark wood is best known for its use in musical instruments and fine furniture. Here’s the best thing, though. Although there is some concern about the sustainability of Wenge farms, the wood has emerged in a new and environmentally friendly form… Read More

cumaru hardwoods for flooring
Mazama Hardwood – Smooth South American Collection in Natural Cumaru / SKU: 10080073

Hardwood Flooring Product Profile: What Is Cumaru?

Cumaru is a fantastic option for your next home improvement project. The wood feels wonderfully smooth, looks elegant, and, unfinished, it bears the very faint scent of vanilla. It’s also a tree that grows in abundance, which means that buying hardwood floors made from cumaru have little to no impact on the environment… Read More

teak hardwoods for flooring
Mazama Hardwood – Handscraped Tropical Collection in Mongolian Teak / SKU: 10061336

Hardwood Flooring Product Profile: What Is Teak?

Ultimately, a teak hardwood floor or deck is going to be a beautiful addition to any home. It’s a sustainable product with a high level of workability. You may pay a little more for teak than for other hardwoods, but this is an exceptional wood… Read More

brazilian walnut hardwoods for flooring
Mazama Solid Hardwood – Brazilian Collection in Brazilian Walnut / SKU: 15270830

Hardwood Flooring Product Profile: What Is Brazilian Walnut?

In this article, we’ll unravel the mystery that is Brazilian Walnut, and get down to the nitty-gritty as to why this wood is a fantastic option for your home improvement projects, whether we’re talking about Ipe or Imbuia. Both have their uses, and these can be wonderful choices for any flooring endeavor… Read More

mahogany hardwoods for flooring
Jasper Exotic Collection – Engineered Hardwood in Natural Mahogany / SKU: 15270541

Hardwood Flooring Product Profile: What Is Mahogany?

The best options for getting the look and feel of mahogany floors include plank flooring with well-processed African mahogany, or engineered mahogany options that take the best aspects of African, Caribbean, or Asian faux mahoganies and merge these with expert processing so that they look and feel as good as the original… Read More 

jatoba hardwoods for flooring
Mazama Hardwood – Jatoba Nature Collection in Natural Jatoba / SKU: 15245212

Hardwood Flooring Product Profile: What Is Jatoba?

It’s easy to fall hard for jatoba’s beauty. The most significant aspect of this particular wood, in addition to its durability, is that its color stands out among all other flooring options. Its deep red tones and smooth grain are compelling and there really are few comparable hardwoods for flooring… Read More

American Hardwoods for Flooring

hickory hardwoods for flooring
Beasley Wire – Brushed Hickory 3/4″ in Dark Sugar / SKU: 15205426

Hickory Hardwood Flooring: America At Its Hardest!

Known as one of the hardest woods native to North America, hickory hardwood flooring has versatile applications for home décor, including distinctive hardwood flooring. Discover how hickory flooring can benefit your home and learn how this hardy wood can make just about any room look great… Read More

red oak hardwoods for flooring
Jasper Hardwood – Smooth Red Oak Strip in Gunstock / SKU: 15260249

Red Oak Hardwood Flooring: Setting The Standard

When it comes to hardness, red oak hardwood flooring is the center line. This is because it strikes a good balance between surface durability, and how easy it is to cut. Species on either side of the scale tend to gravitate more to one characteristic… Read More

Mulberrywood: Hardwood Species You’ve Never Heard Of, But Should

Mulberrywood has a smooth surface, a delicate grain, and its color range is exceptional. It looks beautiful in both modern and traditional interiors, and it is one of the world’s most sustainable and highly durable options for hardwood… Read More

black walnut hardwoods for flooring

Hardwood Flooring Product Profile: What Is Black Walnut?

It wouldn’t be inaccurate to describe black walnut as a fine wine among domestic hardwoods. Also known as American walnut, black walnut is a hardwood typically grown in the central and eastern United States, and it features a color that varies from a light pale brown to dark chocolate brown with undertones of gray or even a purple or red shade to its grain… Read More

Hardwood Flooring Product Profile: What Is Beech?

The reason that we keep coming back to beech for flooring is that it produces a naturally light and creamy color in its sapwood, sometimes accented by gorgeous pink to brown knots in its heartwood which look lovely when they are cut and sanded. The grain is a straight one, and fine in texture… Read More

birch hardwoods for flooring
Jasper Varuna Waterproof Engineered Hardwood in Cordovan Birch / SKU: 15269187

Hardwood Flooring Product Profile: What Is Birch?

Like many hardwoods for flooring, birch aren’t all the same. There are a variety of subspecies. Nonetheless, birch is a little bit different from all the rest because these species differ in many significant ways, so it pays to be careful about what you’re buying and do some research… Read More

maple hardwoods for flooring
Tungston Hardwood – Unfinished Hard Maple / SKU: 15009933

Hardwood Flooring Product Profile: What Is Maple?

Maplewood is one of the finest-grained and consistently-toned options for flooring. Usually a soft white to off-white color, maple is a beautiful choice because of its light color, especially in comparison to red oak, which includes a wider range of tones and which can be harder to match… Read More

american cherry hardwoods for flooring
Jasper Hardwood – American Black Cherry Collection in Natural / SKU: 10079698

Hardwood Flooring Product Profile: What Is American Cherry?

Although cherry wood isn’t the hardest of the hardwoods, it is extremely durable. That’s why it’s not only used for floors and furniture, but is one of the most well-respected materials for underfloors in the country today. It resists warping over time, and is a great choice if you’re looking for dimensional stability… Read More

aspen hardwoods for flooring
Jasper Engineered Hardwood – Handscraped Aspen in Brownie / SKU: 15268661

Hardwood Flooring Product Profile: What Is Aspen?

Aspen is a softer hardwood, but it is also noted for being extremely stable. What does this mean? Just this: aspen is less prone to expansion and contraction during temperature and moisture changes in its environment, as well as being less likely to warp, cup, or crown… Read More

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