Tarpon Springs HardwoodIf you’re looking to add a durable and classic floor to your home, then hardwood is a great option! All hardwoods are beautiful but do vary in look and durability. At Floor Coverings International East Lake, we love the look of birch hardwood! Birch is a versatile hardwood that has natural patterns and is easy to stain and customize to your particular design taste. Learn all about the different looks and benefits of birch below:

About Birch

Homeowners in the greater Clearwater, East Lake, New Port Richey, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Port Richey, Safety Harbor, Tarpon Springs and Trinity areas love the unique coloring that birch brings to a home. Birch is known for the creamy golden colors that come from the sapwood, as well as the dark browns and reds of the heartwood. Homeowners can install birch that combines these two color combinations, or just go with wood taken from the sapwood or heartwood for a more uniform look. Its unique patterns will add character and charm to any room you install it in.

Which Birch Is Right For You?

There are three different types of birch to pick from: paper, yellow, and sweet birch. They all look similar but do vary a bit in look, but the biggest difference between the three is durability. Paper birch is the softest of the three, coming in at 930 on the Janka hardness scale. It is best for rooms with low volumes of foot traffic. Yellow birch is more durable, ranking at 1260 on the scale. This is the most popular type of birch. Sweet birch is the most durable, coming in at 1470 on the scale.

Hardwood Flooring Experts

Let the experts at Floor Coverings International East Lake make the search for new flooring easier. Schedule a free in-home design consultation and we’ll bring the samples right to your door! Our trained design experts will help you select the best birch hardwood for your unique home. We proudly serve the greater Clearwater, East Lake, New Port Richey, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Port Richey, Safety Harbor, Tarpon Springs and Trinity areas.

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