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Below are some wood type an d finish ideas for you to choose from, additional styles are available.
Appearance: Color: Reddish brown heartwood, with pale white sapwood
Grain: Mostly closed, straight grain, uniform texture.
Durability: Elastic, hard; excellent shock resistance. Wears wells, stays smooth when subjected to friction - popular for factory floors.
Appearance: Color: Sapwood is creamy yellow or pale white in yellow birch; heartwood is light reddish brown tinged with red. Sweet birch has light colored sapwood and heartwood is dark brown tinged with red
Grain: Medium figuring, straight, closed grain, even textured. Occasional curly grain or wavy figure in some boards.
Durability: Hard and stiff; very strong.
| Black Cherry
Appearance: Color: Heartwood is dark to reddish brown, lustrous; sapwood is light brown to pale with a light pinkish tone.
Grain: Fine, frequently wavy, uniform texture. True quatersawn has distinctive flake pattern. Texture is satiny, with some gum pockets.
Durability: Strong, moderately hard. Usually considered too soft for an entire floor-mostly used for accents and borders
Appearance: Color: Sapwood is cream colored; heartwood is honey-gold to brown with darker knots throughout.
| Douglas Fir
Appearance: Color: Yellowish tan to light brown heartwood. Sapwood is tan to white Heartwood may be confused with that of Southern yellow pine. Radical color change upon exposure to sunlight.
Grain: Normally straight, with occasional wavy or spiral texture.
Durability: Durable but easily dented like soft pine
| Heart Pine
Appearance: Color: Heartwood is yellow after cutting and turns deep pinkish tan to warm reddish brown within weeks due to high resin content.
Grain: Dense, with high figuring. Plainsawn is swirled; rift or quatersawn is primarily pinstriped. Curly or burl grain is rare.
Durability: Natural resistance to insects in heartwood; dense
| Hickory / Pecan
Appearance: Color: Pecan heartwood is reddish brown with dark brown stripes; sapwood is white or creamy white with pinkish tones. Hickory heartwood is tan or reddish
Grain: Pecan is open, occasionally wavy or irregular. Hickory is closed, with moderate definition; somewhat rough-textured.
Durability: Combination of strength, hardness, toughness and stiffness not found in other commercial wood.
Appearance: Color: Light brown to dark reddish brown
Grain: High in character, with ingrown bark and mineral streaks. Used in end-grain flooring blocks.
Durability: Dense and very strong
| Red Oak
Appearance: Color: Heart and sapwood are similar with sapwood lighter in color; most pieces have a reddish tone.
Grain: Open, slightly coarser than white oak. Plainsawn boards have a plumed or flared grain appearance; riftsawn has a tighter grain pattern, low figuring; quartersawn has a flake pattern, sometimes called tiger oak, tiger rays or butterflies.
Durability: Stiff & dense, resist wear, less durable than white oak.
| Yellow Pine
Appearance: Color: Heartwood varies from light yellow/orange to reddish brown or yellowish brown; sapwood is light tan to yellowish white
Grain: Closed, with high figuring; patterns range from clear to knotty.
Durability: Soft, fairly durable, not as resist to scuff, & dents as true hardwoods
A variety of additional styles are available. Please Contact Us to discuss your project & we will guide you through relevant options. K&J Flooring experts have years of experience installing all types of floors appropriate for Chicagolang climate.
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