Homeowners in Columbia are increasingly opting for lighter shades of hardwood flooring for their homes. Overall, hardwood is more hypoallergenic than other flooring choices and is easy to maintain. Lighter hardwood shades add bright elegance to any home, especially in homes with darker walls or interiors. We love light hardwood here at Floor Coverings International Columbia East and want to share what we think are the four best options for your home.

ash hardwood Columbia EastAsh

Ash’s shock resistance is put to good use as it is used to make baseball bats and tool handles. Ash sapwood comes in lighter tones, from ivory to white, and the heartwood varies in color from muted silver to light gold. The wood tends to be coarse and straight grained, making it ideal for staining and finishing. Ash has a Janka hardness ranking of 1320, which gives it excellent durability.

Maplemaple hardwood Columbia East

Maple has a traditionally tan to off-brown color, but the color depends on the age of the wood, where it was grown, and how the wood is stained. The usual light color of maple will make it a warming and brightening element to any room. A typical choice for bowling alleys, maple is a perfect choice for areas with heavy foot traffic and will hold up to wear. Not only is it affordable, it’s also easy to maintain with typical weekly sweeping or vacuuming.

Red Oak

Red oak comes in hues spanning from coral pink to light brown, while the grain stays a bit darker. It holds stain well and is a great choice if you’re looking to brighten your home with a hardwood that isn’t tan or off-white. Since it is widely sourced in the United States, oak is a great sustainable choice for homeowners as trees are constantly being replenished.

Bamboobamboo floor Columbia East

A nontraditional hardwood flooring option, bamboo is a fantastic hardwood-like choice for homeowners seeking an eco-friendly option for their floor. Bamboo is very durable and resistant to scratches and staining. The unique grain look of bamboo makes it a beautiful hardwood option for modern homes. As a lighter flooring choice, it will add a warmth and sunniness to your home.

Whether you’re looking to add contrast or to brighten up frequently used areas of the home like the kitchen or living room, consider installing light hardwood. Our friendly experts at Floor Coverings International Columbia East are here to help you through the entire process. Call today for a complimentary consultation and visit from our mobile showroom.

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