How do you choose the best TYPE of wood to use for your hardwood flooring needs? There are basically FIVE “heavyweights.” These are Oak, Hickory, Bamboo, Douglas Fir, and Pine. Were you to pick a number six for this category, that one would be “Brazilian Cherry.”

Now. what makes these first five the greatest to use for flooring in your home? Simply put, it is their “hardness” factor. A geographic industry scale exists which actually measures the hardness and strength of different types of wood.

Have you heard of that “Janka Hardness Scale?” For you to know, the absolutely hardest wood will also be the one that remains most highly resistant to footwear, scratches, and monumental indoor traffic.

Thus, the wood types mentioned above actually appear to you in order of priority, from one to five, with number one being the hardest wood type for interior hardwood flooring.

Now, let us briefly explore a few basic facts about each of these hardwoods:

1. OAK

Because it remains abundant in almost EVERY part of the world, and because it provides durability both in cold and hot climates, oak bears the title for “most versatile species” of wood. Strong supplies of oak for hardwood flooring can easily be obtained directly from United States soil.

Red oak and white oak can provide the thickest densities and thus remain a great favorite for hardwood flooring material here in America.


Hickory has formidable hardness. In fact, this type of hardwood flooring surface is so tough that it provides a challenging degree of difficulty for the installer. With that, consumer expense for installing hickory may be slightly high. However, it tends to give its owner some extremely unique color combinations, as well as a certain “graininess” that provides added visual appeal to hardwood flooring surfaces.


Unaltered bamboo offers a surprisingly tough surface covering. Further, it is a hardwood flooring source which remains plentiful and also fits well into practical budgets for home design or improvement. (Technically, bamboo is considered a “grass,” but lends itself well to hardwood flooring tasks.)


Douglas fir is that “straight and stable” grain which log cabin lovers seem to prefer. It has a mid-range hardness factor, but remains sturdy enough to satisfy Americans who love the outdoors.


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Pine maintains a strong consumer following for hardwood flooring because of its relatively low expense. Additionally, although pine may tend to scratch much easier than the other four top wooden floor surface choices, it has a lovely appearance which folks with that “rustic” taste seem to admire very much.

Additionally, when speaking of the “TYPES” of wood best used for hardwood flooring, there is another type of hardwood flooring that uses something called “engineered” wood. This means that a manufacturer can intentionally design a wooden floor surface that contains multiple layers of wooden materials which overlay or underlay one another.

This type of design has its advantages. For one, it tends to reduce the natural swelling that wood undergoes by way of heat, weather, plus environmental or atmospheric conditions. The second advantage is that such multiple layered pieces of wood can contain one or several different mixtures of other wood types, for both structural and strength benefits.

For you, as a consumer, the look and feel of “engineered” hardwood flooring gives the same appeal and satisfaction as completely natural, single-wood construction. Thus, you have yet another option in your selection arsenal for enjoyable hardwood floor materials.

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