There are so many types of hardwood flooring, most New Braunfels homeowners don’t know where to begin when they’re in the early stages of a new project. That’s why the experts at Floor Coverings International NE San Antonio are here to highlight notable options—and today, we’re looking at one of our all-time favorites: birch!
Read on to learn more about birch hardwood and why New Braunfels homeowners might choose it for their floors. If you still have questions, contact us!
What Is Birch Hardwood?
From the genus betula, the category of birch hardwood actually comprises between 30 and 60 different species, 14 of which are native to North America. Birch trees are notable for their gleaming white bark with the texture of paper and their tendency to grow near water.
What Is Birch Hardwood Used For?
Birch has been used for many different purposes, including the production of food, musical instruments, tools, aircraft—and of course, building materials. The long, slender fibers of birch hardwood are ideal for hardwood flooring because as they dry, they come to have a low bulk and high density. In fact, Sweet Birch has a Janka hardness rating of 1470—significantly stronger than red oak (the most popular wood for flooring).
Other Advantages of Birch Hardwood Flooring
Homeowners choose birch for their New Braunfels homes for many reasons:
- Durability—Relatively high Janka rating means that birch hardwood floors are resistant to scrapes, scratches, and dents. Great choice for high-traffic spaces.
- Appearance—Birch hardwood typically has a lighter hue, which brightens up the room and helps create a more spacious feel. Keep in mind that most hardwoods can be stained to achieve a variety of tones and textures. The tight grain of birch also creates a clean, minimalistic look.
- Availability—Since there are domestic options for birch hardwood, it’s typically more available and often more affordable than exotic species.
Start Your Next Hardwood Flooring Project
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