Wood flooring is quite common in housing solutions, mainly because it is elegant, durable, and versatile. You can use a wood floor pretty much everywhere in the house, except the bathroom (we do not recommend exposing wood to water and humidity, anyway), and for disparate uses.
How to choose the best wood flooring option? What is the best type of wood?
All of them have different colour shades to match just as many design styles, so you should choose the type of wood according to the interior design of your home.
That being said, we want to help with a few directions regarding the characteristics of the five most popular woods and their usage.
Cherry is very popular because of its red and brown gradient, which makes it the perfect material for the finest appearance, but it is just the most popular, because there are so many varities of cherry wood that you might be spoilt for choice.
The main problem of this kind of wood is its softness, which makes it easily damageable, so it may not be the best choice for a kid’s room, for instance. Moreover, cherry is very sensitive to sunlight, so if you place it in a very bright room, you may notice some stains of sunlight along the years.
It is light, so not only you can use it for flooring, but also for upper mezzanine levels or wall-mounted shelves, however, it is very expensive, probably one of the most expensive types of wood.
Its typical rich brown colour is a highly distinctive element, so if you want to create an elegant environment, it likely is a good choice. Unlike cherry, it is sunlight-resistant, even though it is soft.
This is one of the lightest shades of wood, so it is perfect if you want a very bright room. It is a very popular choice for those rooms in which the floor is very stressed, like kitchens, dining rooms, and all areas where kids have access because of its high resistance to strain and hits.
You may want to polish the surface for an extra layer of protection, but it does not require any special or frequent maintenance throughout its life.
Icing on the cake, it is also cheaper than most of all other kinds of wood flooring. Definitely a good choice for functional, time resistant family housing solutions, not to be underestimated.
You may think oak is a hard material, impossible to scratch, because oak is oak.
Well, you might have a bad surprise: its hardness just falls into the average range, so basically there is nothing special about it, and if you have an oak floor in a dining room, for example, make sure you maintain it on a regular basis, or you will see those obnoxious stripe marks under the chairs. However, its range of colours is very nice: warmer and darker than maple, but still bright enough to use it on the main floor of the house.
A big pro to the price: it is not very expensive, so it can be a popular choice for common parquet floors.
Very affordable, and its popularity is on the rise due to the most recent trends that aim to create a natural, sustainable internal environment, and ash wood has a unique natural appearance.
It can absorb a lot of liquids without showing a stain, and it is fairly hard, so you can use it pretty much everywhere in the house, and even if some light scratch appears, you would not notice it, but if you want your ash floor to be perfect along the years, you need to schedule regular maintenance, but that is the only downside of this material.
So, which one would you use, among these five wood flooring materials? What alternatives would you like to propose? Let us know!