Brazilian Cherry Hardwood - shutterstock_2782049 (c) Mark BernardHardwood flooring is classic, elegant, and can be a wonderful addition to any home. However, with so many different wood options available, it can be difficult to know what works best for you. At Floor Coverings International of Vancouver, WA and the Portland, OR area, we understand how confusing choosing hardwood can be, so we’ve come up with a guide to help you in your decision making process.


  • Oak – Oak is the most popular wood species for hardwood in the United States. Because the cost of the material is cheaper than other species, it is an affordable option for hardwood flooring. It is also very durable and more resistant to warping than other species.
  • Maple – Another affordable hardwood option is maple wood. It’s a light beige color and is even more durable than oak. If you are thinking of putting hardwood floors in a high traffic area prone to scratches, maple is a great option.
  • Bamboo – For the more eco-conscious homeowners, bamboo can give you the elegant look of hardwood with a bit of an exotic twist. Though it is technically a grass, it can be just as durable as wood and be even more affordable.
  • Brazilian Cherry – Keeping on the exotic trend, Brazilian cherry is a beautiful wood known for its deep, rich color. It’s harder than oak, maple, and bamboo, and is used most for living and dining rooms. Many people choose engineered Brazilian cherry wood, which can be a more sustainable option.


For more answers to your hardwood floor questions, feel free to contact us at Floor Coverings International of Vancouver, WA and the Portland, OR area. Call us today for a free, in-home consultation!

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