If you’ve spent any amount of time shopping for hardwood flooring, then you know that there are countless different hardwood species to choose from. Out of this vast selection, three hardwood species have come to be recognized as the most popular among homeowners. To help you navigate the vast forest of hardwood choices, our experts at Floor Coverings International La Jolla have compiled a list of the top three most popular hardwood species and the perks they have to offer for your San Diego home.

Oak Hardwoodred oak hardwood san diego

As one of the most traditional types of hardwood, oak is a flooring favorite in many San Diego homes. This hardwood species includes white oak and red oak, the latter of which is America’s number one hardwood flooring choice. Red oak is deemed the standard for durability, as it is used as the base comparison for other woods on the Janka hardness scale. With a density score of 1,290, red oak provides sufficient durability to protect against dents and scratches.

The pronounced grain texture of oak gives it a traditional wood look. The bold texture may not be ideal for homeowners looking for a sparse or modern aesthetic. However, oak takes stain well, allowing it to achieve any number of colors and shades. White oak in particular is very stable and won’t expand or contract readily under temperature and moisture changes. Oak flooring is generally the most affordable popular hardwood option.

Maple Flooringmaple hardwood san diego

Maple hardwood flooring provides a minimalist, sleek look for homeowners seeking a modern or simple flooring choice. Sugar maple in particular is very durable, as it ranks 1,450 on the Janka hardness scale. In fact, this dense wood is commonly used in bowling alleys! While denting won’t be a problem with maple, some homeowners have found maple to show scratches easily because of its smooth grain texture. This hardwood is also more susceptible to humidity changes than oak or hickory, so make sure to install it in rooms where humidity levels remain stable.

Maple hardwood does not stain easily, but it does come in a variety of light, natural hues. Stick to prefinished maple hardwood if you have a color in mind that unfinished maple is not available in. Maple hardwood is slightly more expensive than oak flooring, although it still remains one of the most affordable flooring options.

Hickory Hardwoodhickory hardwood san diego

While hickory is generally slightly more expensive than the other two popular flooring choices, it is by far the most durable. This hardwood scores 1,820 on the Janka hardness scale, meaning it will be very resistant against scratches and dents.

Hickory is known for its distinct and varied graining. One plank can contain colors ranging from light gold to dark chocolate, giving this hardwood an almost calico look. Many homeowners prefer hickory in wide planks so they can enjoy its unique grain. Its look may be attractive to some homebuyers and unattractive to others – keep this in mind if you plan to put your home on the market soon.

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While oak, maple, and hickory may currently be the most popular hardwood flooring options, we provide countless other choices for homeowners looking for unique hardwood choices. Call Floor Coverings International La Jolla today to schedule your free, in-home design consultation and we’ll help you pick the perfect hardwood for your San Diego home. We proudly serve San Diego, La Jolla, Clairemont and surrounding areas.

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