The Ultimate Guide to Hardwood Flooring

The Ultimate Guide to Hardwood Flooring


Hardwood flooring offers timeless beauty and durability, and choosing the right wood species is crucial for a successful installation. Sheoga Hardwood Flooring provides a wide range of hardwood options, each with its unique characteristics and hardness ratings. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the various wood species available from Sheoga, their corresponding hardness scale ratings, and the ideal applications for each. Armed with this knowledge, you can confidently select the perfect hardwood flooring to transform your space.

Hardwood Flooring Hardness Scale

  1. Beech: Beech Hardwood Flooring showcases a natural pinkish yellow tone which creates a beautiful, full of light pattern in your house. Beech flooring offers a unique light feel and closed, straight grain with uniform texture.
  2. Cherry: Cherry wood is admired for its warm hues and elegant appearance. While it is softer compared to some other species, Cherry flooring is suitable for low-traffic areas such as bedrooms and formal dining rooms. Over time, it develops a beautiful patina, further enhancing its visual appeal and timeless charm.
  3. Hickory: Hickory is one of the hardest domestic hardwoods available. Its exceptional durability and strength make it perfect for high-traffic areas and spaces that require resistance to wear and tear. Hickory flooring adds character and charm to rustic and country-style interiors, as well as commercial settings like offices and retail spaces.
  4. Maple: Hard Maple stands out for its exceptional hardness and durability. It can withstand heavy foot traffic, making it a popular choice for busy areas such as hallways and entryways. Its light color and smooth grain create a clean and modern look, complementing contemporary and minimalist interior designs.
  5. Red Oak: Red Oak is a classic and popular choice for hardwood flooring. It offers a balance between hardness and affordability, making it suitable for various applications. Red Oak’s warm and inviting appearance makes it ideal for bedrooms, dining rooms, and family rooms where a cozy ambiance is desired.
  6. Walnut: Walnut flooring is known for its rich, dark tones and unique grain patterns. While it is not as hard as some other species, it still offers reasonable durability. Walnut flooring is commonly used in low-traffic areas like bedrooms, studies, and formal living rooms, adding an element of sophistication and luxury to any space.
  7. White Oak: With its impressive hardness rating and versatility, White Oak is an excellent choice for high-traffic areas. Its durability makes it suitable for residential and commercial spaces alike, including hallways, kitchens, and living rooms. White Oak’s beautiful grain patterns and wide range of finishes ensure a stunning and enduring flooring solution.
  8. Live Sawn White Oak: Live Sawn White Oak flooring, also known as European or French cut, offers a distinctive appearance, capturing the full character of the wood. This sawing technique minimizes waste by utilizing the entire log. Each plank is cut directly from the log without altering its orientation, showcasing cathedral plain sawn grain at the center and rift/quartered features at the edges. This is available only in our unfinished option.
  9. Quartered/Rift Sawn White Oak: Special white oak cuts with quarter sawn having a flaky, “tiger ray” appearance and rift cut having a tighter, straight grain look. These two special cuts are mixed to create an exceptional look with consistent stability. This is available only in our unfinished option.


Sheoga Flooring provides a diverse selection of hardwood flooring options, each with its unique wood species and hardness ratings. Whether you prefer the impressive durability of White Oak or Hickory, the classic appeal of Red Oak or Cherry, or the timeless beauty of Hard Maple or Walnut, Sheoga has the perfect hardwood flooring solution for every style and application. By considering the hardness ratings and ideal applications of each wood species, you can confidently choose hardwood flooring that combines aesthetics and functionality to transform your space into a stunning masterpiece.


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