houston hardwood flooring

Maple, oak, or hickory? Decided on hardwood for your new floors, but not sure which species to choose? You’re not alone. One of the most common questions we get at Floor Coverings International Spring Branch Houston, TX is how do I choose the right hardwood.

With the thousands of options available, finding the perfect species, finish, and width can be quite daunting. Here are some things to consider when deciding on a hardwood for your home.


The strength of a hardwood is primarily determined by its Janka hardness rating. The higher the score, the stronger the wood. For example, douglas fir is a soft wood, with a rating of 660. White oak, on the other hand, has a rating of 1360, putting it towards the middle of commercially available hardwood flooring. White oak is very durable for its price, making it a great investment. Exotic hardwoods like Brazilian walnut (3684) or ebony (3220) have very high scores, resulting in durable, unique flooring.


Most species of hardwood trees have a range of possible colors. Red oak, for example, ranges from amber to light brown with pink to red undertones. Cherry also has red undertones but is darker brown with a smooth finish. Some hardwood species possess unique qualities. The color of mahogany, for example, is highly dependent on the angle at which it’s viewed.

For all species of hardwood, the color changes depending on the amount of natural or artificial light. With our mobile design studio solution, you can view samples in their proper context.


The width of hardwood flooring makes a big difference aesthetically. Most hardwood flooring is two to three inches in width. This is a great option for most spaces seeking a simple, traditional look. Wider width hardwood—commonly referred to as “plank” flooring—is increasing in popularity for its rustic look.

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At Floor Coverings International Spring Branch Houston, TX, we work with Houston families to meet their flooring needs. We provide expertise in every step of the floor buying process, from design to installation. Call today for a free consultation!

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