Ten Easy Choices

3. Species

This decision is driven by color, grain & hardness since you can select a domestic or imported species. Do you want a light species (Ash, Maple or Oak)? Would a darker species (American, Brazilian or Mayan Walnut or even Wenge) be more appropriate? How about a reddish color (American or Brazilian Cherry or even Padauk)? Or purple (Purpleheart)? From the forests of the world, the rainbow can be your natural palette. Species also dictate figure or grain. If you don’t want to see the grain, you might go with Maple or Rift-Sawn Oak. If you do desire unique figure, you can choose Quarter-Sawn Oak, Birds Eye Maple or Burl & Figured Walnut. If you’re flooring a high-traffic area, remember to select a species that’s hard, e.g., Brazilian Cherry or Walnut rather than American Cherry or Walnut.

Common species include:

Or another unique species from the forests of the world. NOTE: Louisville Wood Floors believes in and supports sustainable forestry practices and only sources from suppliers who share this viewpoint.

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