Ash is a gorgeous species of hardwood that doesn’t get a lot of attention among Belleville homeowners. At Floor Coverings International Metro East, we often suggest it to folks who are looking for something similar to white oak but with some added character. Read on for more about this unique hardwood flooring option and why it may be the right choice for your home.
With its light to medium-brown hues and slight color variation from board to board, it’s no surprise that ash is often compared to white oak (the most popular hardwood in America). Their main differences lie in the grain patterns. While white oak has straight, subtle grain lines, ash’s are a bit more distinct and exaggerated, much like the graining of red oak. In fact, one might say that ash is a wood that combines the coloration and grain lines from both varieties of oak, creating something beautiful and unique somewhere in the middle.
Strong and Durable
With a Janka hardness score of 1,320, ash is solidly in the middle of domestic hardwoods in terms of strength and durability. This low-maintenance wood is great for busy families and pet owners. Simply keep the floors clear of debris by regularly sweeping and vacuuming, and your ash hardwood will surely last for decades or more.
As a domestic hardwood, ash is grown in North America. In fact, it thrives here because this is its native habitat. Local foresters have been sustainably cultivating ash for generations. This makes ash a great choice for environmentally conscious homeowners.
For more information about ash—or any other hardwood flooring option—reach out to the local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Metro East today. We proudly provide the greater O'Fallon, Edwardsville, and Belleville area with quality products and service. Call to schedule a free, in-home consultation and find your dream floors today!
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