Choosing A Hardwood Flooring Wood Species

American Classic Wood Species

Below are the American classic wood species used for hardwood flooring. These are their natural colors, unstained.

Note: The number in brackets below each wood specie name represents the Janka hardness rating for each wood specie.

American Cherry
American Cherry
(950)
Ash
Ash
(1320)
Beech
Beech
(1300)
American Hickory
Hickory
(1820)
Maple
Maple
(1450)
Birch
Birch
(1260)
Red Oak
Red Oak
(1290)
Walnut
Walnut
(1010)
White Oak
White Oak
(1360)
Yellow Birch
Yellow Birch
(1260)
Yellow Pine
Yellow Pine
(690)

Exotic Wood Species

Below are some of the Exotic wood species used for hardwood flooring. The exotic wood species are imported from around the World. Notice the wonderful, natural tones of browns, reds and yellows of these hardwood species.

Note: The number in brackets below each name represents the Janka hardness rating for each wood specie.

Afican Padauk
African Padauk
(1725)
African Teak
African Teak
(1155)
Amendoim
Amendoim (Braz. Oak)
(1912)
Brazilian Cherry (Jatoba)
Brazilian Cherry (Jatoba)
(2820)
Brazilian Teak
Brazilian Teak (Cumaru)
(3540)
Brazilian Walnut
Brazilian Walnut
(3680)
Kempas
Kempas
(1710)
Merbau
Merbau
(1925)
Santos Mahogany
Santos Mahogany
(2200)
Sapele
Sapele
(1510)
Tiete Chestnut
Tiete Chestnut
(3540)
Tiete Rosewood
Tiete Rosewood
(3280)
Tigerwood
Tigerwood
(2160)
Timborana
Timborana (Angelium)
(1570)