shutterstock_227373700Adding hardwood floors to your home will instantly increase its retail value. This classic floor covering is one of the most versatile and attractive flooring options. Hardwood flooring will match nearly any style of décor or interior design aesthetic, from pale bamboo for modern homes, to cozy red oak for a more traditional look. When you decide to install hardwood floors, it can be difficult to know where to start. With options ranging from solid to engineered hardwood, yellow pine to Brazilian cherry, there are just so many choices! We feel that you’re best option is to learn as much as possible in order to make the best choice for your home, so with that in mind we wanted to explore just one sort of hardwood flooring wood species, Ash.


Appearance of Ash Hardwood Flooring


Ash is a paler wood than some other hardwood species. Unlike the warm red of traditional red oak, ash hardwood is a cool blond or soft white. The darkest ash, or heartwood, is medium brown. Ash is known for its prominent graining, featuring bold, heavy streaking. The distinctive looking grain of ash can range from straight to curly and will add a striking uniqueness to any room. Ash is sometimes confused with hickory, as it also features distinctive and bold graining, but hickory is darker and has bolder knots.


Hardness and Stability of Ash Hardwood Flooring


Ash is a very durable hardwood species, and will do well even in the high traffic areas of your home. Ash wood has a Janka rating of 1320. The Janka scale is a method of measuring the hardness of wood, or its resistance to dents and impacts. As the most common wood species, red oak is generally used as the default against which all other hardwoods are measured. Red oak has a Janka rating of 1290, so Ash is 2% harder than the norm. Ash also has excellent dimensional stability, with a score of 7.8. This is an above average score, making ash 9% more stable than red oak.


Cost of Ash Hardwood Flooring


Ash is a very affordable hardwood flooring option. Comparable in price to red oak, it averages about $5.00 per square foot. Because oak can come in softer varieties, it is easier to find cheaper hardwoods in oak than in ash, but ash is still an incredibly cost effective hardwood flooring option in comparison to certain pricier exotic hardwoods, like Brazilian cherry or Mahogany.


Whether you decide to go for Ash flooring, or want to continue to learn about your other hardwood species options, be sure to call Floor Coverings International of Vancouver and Portland for your next hardwood flooring project!


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