When you think of hardwood flooring, birch may not be the first species that comes to mind – its cousins oak, maple, or hickory usually get most of the attention. But birch is another beautiful, light-hued hardwood that looks perfect in Franklin Township homes.
It’s important to note that there are multiple types of birch, and you’ll want to choose one of the tougher options when it comes to flooring. Our Floor Coverings International Hillsborough experts can help you find the right style for your needs.
Types of Birch
You may encounter one of several birch species when shopping for flooring or building materials. Sweet birch is the toughest, with a Janka hardness rating of 1450. Yellow birch is next, with a rating of 1260. Both of these options are solid choices for your hardwood floor, and they are comparable to oak in terms of durability. Paper birch, which only has a rating of 910, is more likely to scratch and dent from heavy use.
Like other hardwoods, birch flooring can be stained to a range of hues. However, in its natural state, birch is a pale golden color that’s perfect for brightening up your space. You may also see birch hardwood that features a distinctive, wavy grain pattern.
Birch hardwood is relatively easy to maintain – regular sweeping or vacuuming should keep your floors clean and tidy. You can also use a specialty wood cleaner if you want to give your floors a good mop (but stay away from water, as this can cause moisture damage). If your birch floors start to look scratched, you can have them professionally refinished for a fresh new look.
Call Floor Coverings International Hillsborough for expert advice on birch hardwood and more flooring options for your home. We proudly serve homeowners in Hillsborough, Flemington, Princeton and beyond.
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