“When I see birches bend to left and right / Across the lines of straighter darker trees, / I like to think some boy’s been swinging them…”
So begins Robert Frost’s famous poem, “Birches,” which celebrates these beautiful, noble trees. Of course, Frost probably wasn’t thinking of how birch can be transformed into beautiful hardwood flooring for Winston-Salem homeowners—but the experts at Floor Coverings International Triad still think that this incredible hardwood should be a strong contender for your home. Read on to find out why!
What is Birch Hardwood?
From the genus Betula, birch is a tree that grows all over the world in the Northern Hemisphere. The word “birch” probably comes from the Old English, “to shine”—no doubt a reference to the very recognizable gleaming white bark of the tree.
Birch wood is very hard, with a Janka rating of between 1200-1400 depending on the species. Historically the wood has been used for medicine, food (the sap supposedly makes a maple-like syrup), tool-making, sailing—and believe it or not, even aircraft! The largest sea-plane ever built, Howard Hughes’ H-4 Hercules, was constructed mostly out of birch.
Advantages of Birch Hardwood Flooring
Being such a versatile material, it’s no wonder that birch makes excellent hardwood flooring. Here are some of the main reasons why your Winston-Salem neighbors choose birch:
- The light-hued wood helps brighten up dark rooms
- Ranges in color from pale white-yellow to rich gold
- Fine grain pattern resembles more expensive maple hardwood
- Extremely durable, and like all solid hardwood, can be refinished
- Sometimes more affordable than other hardwood species
Contact Us Today
Get in touch with Floor Coverings International Triad to start your next hardwood flooring project! Our team is proud to serve Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point and surrounding areas, so it’s easy to schedule a free, in-home consultation with our mobile showroom. Conveniently browse through our beautiful selection of hardwoods, tile, carpet, vinyl, and more, while you receive the expert guidance of our design professionals. Contact us online or by phone to get started today!
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