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Light colored Hardwood flooring in Westchester NY. I have many customers that want to make their rooms look brighter with light colored hardwoods. Light color hardwood flooring makes the space look larger and more casual and inviting.
There are 4 main options for light colored hardwoods:
Oak hardwood flooring is the most common type of flooring in the United States and is seen in the majority of homes in Westchester NY. Oak can be stained darker, but below are some pictures of natural oak without a stain. Oak has a strong graining pattern as you can see below.
There are two types of oak flooring - red oak and white oak. Red oak tends to be a bit lighter and has a pinkish tint to it. It has a stronger graining pattern to it. White oak flooring tends to be a bit more yellow with brown undertones and a bit less graining. Because oak has strong graining, it tends to hide dents and scratches a bit better.
Maple flooring is a great option for those that prefer less graining than what you see in oak. Maple is also a bit lighter in color. Some of my customers prefer maple over oak because it looks a bit more sophisticated and modern while other customers prefer oak because it has more character.
Maple is a bit harder than oak (+12%) and it's more expensive. Maple flooring can differ greatly based on the grade, so if you prefer less color variation across the planks go for Clear grade. Select grade is the next best option.
Bamboo flooring is becoming increasing popular for a number of reasons. First, it's a green product - it grows very rapidly and replenishes in the environment every 5-7 yrs. Second, it looks so chic. It's a hip and modern twist, and many of my customers feel it's a welcome change vs. the oak they see everywhere. it's a fun and simple way to add some flair and style to their home.
Finally, bamboo flooring tends to be a bit harder and a bit less expensive than oak. So, it's nice that you are going green without spending more green.
Birch flooring is the 4th and least common option. Yellow birch looks similar to maple as it has less graining. It's slighly softer than oak and softer vs. maple hardwood. It's usually less expensive than maple as well. However, because Birch is not that popular, only a few brands make it including Mirage and Mercier and they tend to be on the more expensive side. Birch often has more color variation across planks, esp when it doesn't have a stain.
Author Bio: My name is Debbie Gartner, and I'm known as "The Flooring Girl." I own my own flooring store that serves Westchester NY and Fairfield CT counties. We install hardwood flooring, carpet, tile flooring, laminate, bamboo and cork flooring. We also refinish hardwood floors. We are a shop at home flooring store. You can call us at 914-937-2950 to schedule a free flooring consultation
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