Hardwood floors are clean and classic. They’re extremely versatile, complimenting a range of design styles. You can find hardwood flooring in many different stains, finishes, species, and types. Before you rip up your current carpets or floorboards, decide which type of hardwood will work best in your home. This guide explains the hardwood options you can choose from:


One of the most popular hardwood flooring choices is oak. It’s an American classic and for good reason! Oak floors are highly resistant to dents and scratches. They come in a variety of stains and have a unique grain pattern. Maintaining oak flooring is easy, too. A quick dust and mop is all you need to remove dust and dirt, and you can perform touch ups on the floors yourself if needed.


There are plenty of dark woods available for flooring, but for those homeowners looking for a lighter option, ash is an excellent choice. It’s one of the lightest woods that you can use to make a room feel more open and airy. You can tell ash apart from other woods by its white dots. Ash wood is tough, durable, and it’s a more cost-effective option.


Cherry woods are one of the harder woods to deal with, but they have a beautiful finish. The colors range but usually darken with age. A downfall to cherry wood is it scratches easier. If the room you want to place the cherry hardwood in is somewhere that is going to receive a lot of action, it may be more suitable for someone who doesn’t mind using an area rug.


If you want to boost the feeling of luxury in your room, walnut is the wood for you. It’s strong and durable and the price tag proves it. The color ranges from light to dark chocolate brown. Walnut floors can last a long time and can offer a bigger return on investment should you choose to ever sell your home.


For those who want the look of a hardwood floor without having to use actual wood, bamboo is the perfect alternative.  Surprisingly, it’s comparable in strength and durability to the more common natural woods. However, bamboo is softer on the feet and helps reduce noise. In its natural state, it is a light color. Another bamboo bonus is that it’s eco-friendly and more resistant to moisture. Certain bamboo floors are more susceptible to damage, depending on the type you have installed, but overall it’s an eco-friendly option that looks beautiful in any room in your home.  


For the look of hardwood without the price tag, install laminate flooring. This flooring option is made by compressing layers of fiberboard together. To achieve the look of wood, an image is placed on the surface. Then, a protective coating is added. While this coating is added to help prevent damage, moisture can take its toll on these types of floors. They’re also more susceptible to dents and scratches, which makes laminate a better option for areas of the home that have light foot traffic, like bathrooms or laundry rooms.


Another wood-look-alike flooring option is cork. It’s usually more expensive than wood, but it’s a more eco-friendly option, as cork is a renewable and sustainable resource. Like bamboo, cork is also softer which helps when one must stand on it for a long period of time. Cork also generates less noise than a hardwood floor, so you won’t hear every step made by family members and pets.

These are just seven types of hardwood floors you can choose to install in your home, but there are many more options available. When you know your budget and how you want to decorate the room, it’ll be easier to make your selection. To learn more about the hardwood options available to you, contact Floor Coverings International of Cincinnati today!