There are numerous hard woods out there that make for wonderful and durable floors. From the most durable wood in the hardwood family, Brazilian cherry, on down to maple, hardwood flooring has to hold up, especially with active families and their pets. Choosing a hardwood floor doesn't have to be difficult once you know what you want. But keep in mind that each wood, though they are all durable, has a character of its own; with durability also comes originality.
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Brazilian cherry is one of the hardest woods in the world. It has a deep cherry colour that evolves as it ages, and it is nearly impossible to keep it from doing so with any finishing product. It is one of the most popular choices for hardwood flooring.
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Hickory is an extremely hard wood, making it a great choice for a home with active kids and pets. It is also popular in commercial environments where there is high traffic flow. Hickory has a wide range of colour, going from light to dark, with a heavy grain (see image). It can be stained to match deep, rich colour tones.
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Oak is a favourite among Americans and comes in red or white oak. Because of its variation in colouring, it can be stained to almost any desired colour. Oak also has a strong grain that makes it unique. It even comes with knots. Oak is a very hard wood and can withstand nearly anything you put it through.
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Maple is a solid hardwood that is light in colouring. It can stain up to most desired colours and has a softness to its look, with subtle graining features.
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Mahogany is very durable and has a dark brown and red tone. Its graining is fairly simple.