While it's not used as commonly as oak for hardwood flooring, birch wood floors are beautiful and offer a unique set of benefits. If you're building a new house or are remodeling an older one, hardwood floors are a terrific investment in the long-term value of your home. Here are 3 things to know about birch hardwood flooring:
1. Birch trees offer two distinct colors of wood that are available for flooring. "Birch is known for the two beautiful colors of wood that can come from one tree," explained Lexie Psyhos, Marketing Manager for Performers Flooring & Design Gallery in Bloomingdale. "The innermost wood is called the heartwood, and it has a warmer, reddish hue. The outermost wood is called the sapwood, and it has a more yellow hue. Flooring is available using heartwood or sapwood, or a mixture of the two."
2. On the Janka Hardness Scale, birch wood is very comparable to oak. "This makes birch very strong and durable," added Psyhos. "It's great for residential use. One option we offer to our customers who select birch flooring is an upgrade from an oil-based polyurethane to a water-based polyurethane finish. The water-based product dries faster, has fewer fumes, and protects the floors better. It adds to the hardness, making them even more durable."
3. Birch flooring has a straight, tight grain. "Birch is easy to install and to stain, because the tighter grain is smooth, almost silky," said Psyhos. "This provides a nice flow, with fewer breaks in the movement of the grain. It has noticeably less grain than oak flooring. It really comes down to the personal preference of the homeowner and what they're looking for aesthetically in their flooring."
Birch floors offer a terrific alternative for homeowners who prefer to have a less noticeable grain in their hardwood flooring. For more information about birch flooring, please contact:
Performers Flooring & Design Gallery
25W561 Army Trail Road
Bloomingdale, IL 60108