Hardwood flooring is a tried and true flooring option for residents across the world. That’s because hardwood comes with the timeless style and durability that other flooring surfaces can’t quite match.

birch hardwood in st. louis

One of the more popular types of hardwood flooring is birch flooring. Birch hardwood comes from birch trees and is widely used in homes in the St. Louis, MO area. Our flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Arch City answer some common questions about birch flooring below.

Why Should I Choose Birch Hardwood Floors?

Many homeowners love birch hardwood for its appearance and versatility. Birch wood comes in a huge range of colors, from yellow and white to deep red and brown. This color variation pairs well with its unique ability to be easily sanded and stained different colors. Birch has a very fine wood grain, which can further be accentuated by the staining process.

Where Does Birch Hardwood Come From?

Birch wood is primarily grown in the northern hemisphere and is abundantly found in North America. Birch is actually a relative of the oak tree, but grows two to three times faster, making it a sustainable and eco-friendly flooring option. Three birch types are most commonly used for flooring: yellow birch, sweet birch, and paper birch. Call the number below to ask our experts at Floor Coverings International Arch City for more information about these birch hardwood varieties.

Is Birch Hardwood Hard or Soft?

Birch wood is harder than some hardwoods and softer than others. It can range from 900 to 1500 on the Janka hardness scale, putting it above wood floors like pine wood, but below others, such as Brazilian cherry and hickory. Sweet birch hardwood is usually among the hardest birch hardwoods, while paper birch is the softest. Soft wood floors will be most comfortable, but more likely to sustain damage from everyday wear and tear.

Birch flooring is an excellent flooring surface for residents in the St. Louis, MO area. Feel free to search our product gallery for birch hardwood samples. And don’t hesitate to call the number below for specific questions!

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