The hardwood flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Triad want you to feel confident about choosing the right material for the floors in your home, so we’ve put together this quick rundown on one of the lesser known varieties of hardwood: ash.
Read on to learn why ash hardwood might be the right material for the floors in your Greensboro home!
Here’s What You Need to Know About Ash
Ash is of the genus Fraxinus, and there are more than 60 species that grow all over the world. White ash (also known as “American ash”) is the most popular domestic species, and it’s a favorite among woodworkers because it’s easy to shape, cut, and finish.
Historically used for tool handles, sporting equipment, musical instruments, and architecture, ash is extremely hard-wearing with a Janka hardness rating of 1,320. That makes ash slightly stronger and more resilient than red oak, which is often considered the most popular hardwood for floors. Ash was even used for early car frames because it was resilient enough to provide some shock absorption as the vehicles drove over bumpy roads.
Why Choose Ash for Your Home?
Choose ash hardwood for the floors in your Greensboro home if you want a material that can stand up to heavy use. Here are some other reasons to use ash:
- Ranges in natural color from light tan to vintage greyish-brown
- Finishes and stains easily for a variety of hues
- Perfect for high volume areas like stairs and hallways
- Resistant to scratches and scrapes
- Great for homes with kids and pets
- Characteristic streaks, swirls, and knots enhance beauty
Do keep in mind that ash isn’t as hard as other domestic species such as hickory, so if you think you need an even stronger hardwood there are plenty of other options. It’s also important to know that ash hardwood is becoming increasingly rare because of the emerald ash borer, a type of invasive beetle that is currently affecting availability and plank size options.
Start Your Next Hardwood Flooring Project
If you think ash might be the right choice for your home – or if you just want to learn more about your hardwood flooring options – get in touch with the experts at Floor Coverings International Triad. We serve Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point and surrounding areas, and we’re always happy to bring our mobile showroom straight to your front door. Contact us today to get started!
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