By Skyler Malley
Category: Blog
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May 22, 2020

Flooring has a major impact on the aesthetic and comfort of your home. It’s not a design element to take lightly. The right flooring option can serve you for years to come. Don’t plan to stay in your home for much longer? New flooring is still worth considering, as it can also raise the market value of your home.

There are all sorts of factors to keep in mind as you consider your flooring choices. For example, local humidity and other weather elements can affect wood. Colorado residents are lucky enough to live in a state where climate isn’t much of a threat to flooring. This opens homeowners up to a range of options, and they can base their selection more on factors such as expected foot traffic and preferred style and color. Here are three top choices for flooring in Denver.

Red Oak

Red oak is the most popular flooring option in the United States. Why? Perhaps because it’s one of the most versatile options out there. It goes well with most room aesthetics. Homeowners love its light brown to reddish pink hues. It also has impressive durability, and it’s often used for cabinetry and furniture as well as flooring. Because oak is so widely available in the United States, this type of flooring comes with a lower carbon footprint than other options, including the exotic Brazilian Cherry.

Brazilian Cherry (Jatoba)

As we just mentioned, one immediate downside to this type of flooring is that it’s more exotic, and thus has a higher carbon footprint than oak when sold in the U.S. However, Brazilian Cherry does have its advantages. One of its most obvious benefits is its high durability. Oak is hard, but it simply can’t compare to the sturdiness of Brazilian Cherry.  According to HomeAdvisor, this wood is twice as strong as red oak. Expect lots of foot traffic in your home? Or perhaps you’re looking for a rich, red color that really stands out when you’re entertaining guests? In either case, Brazilian Cherry could be the top flooring choice for you. Keep in mind that UV rays from the sun can cause this wood to darken over time. This can be especially apparent if rugs cover certain areas of the hardwood but not others.

French White Oak

This third flooring option brings us back to oak. The coloration of this wood obviously differs from red oak – hence the name. Expect it to look more olive in color. White oak also has an overall smoother look, which some homeowners might prefer for a more minimalistic touch. But the differences between the two types of wood aren’t just aesthetics. White oak is also a little more durable than red oak, and it has a naturally higher resistance to rot and decay.

No matter your preferred flooring style, you’ll want to rely on professionals to install or refinish your hardwood floors. Soan Hardwood is run by flooring experts who have been in the remodeling business since 2001. Although we’re a local business trusted by Denver residents, we have connections with manufacturers around the world, so you have no shortage of hardwood options to consider.