Hardwood is a great addition to your Cedar Park home because it adds durability, value, and elegance to every room it’s installed in. Hardwood is a classic flooring that will look beautiful for many generations. Birch is a beautiful and popular hardwood species due to its subtle grain pattern and warm coloring. Read below as the experts at Floor Coverings International Williamson County share some more details about birch hardwood!
Homeowners love birch because it’s a beautiful hardwood with color variation. The color of birch varies depending on if you take it from the sapwood or heartwood of the tree. The heartwood provides dark red and brown tones, while the sapwood is a lighter, golden color. For a more uniform look, you can install boards of the same coloring. For homeowners that want a varied look, you can install wood from both the heartwood and the sapwood. Birch does take stains very well to further customize the color, and you can also decide between different sheens and textures to fit your personal design aesthetic.
Which Birch Should You Pick?
There are three different types of birch, all with varying durability.
- Paper birch is the softest of the three, coming it at 930 on the Janka hardness scale. This type of birch is best for rooms with less foot traffic because it is more prone to scratches.
- Yellow birch is the most popular type of birch and holds up well to abuse, coming in at 1260 on the scale.
- Sweet birch is the hardest of the three, coming in at 1470 on the scale.
Installing birch is a great way to add character to your home with the beautiful grain patterns and color variation it provides. Like most hardwood, birch is also available in laminate. Contact the flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Williamson County to schedule your free in-home design consultation where we bring the samples right to your door. We proudly serve the greater Cedar Park, Georgetown, Leander TX areas and are excited to get to work on your new hardwood project!