3 Popular Types of Hardwood Floors

Wood floors are in high-demand among home buyers. In fact, 90 percent of real estate agents say that homes with hardwood floors are easier to sell, and 90 percent also say that homes with hardwood flooring tend to sell for up to 10 percent more than homes that don’t have it, according to the National Wood Flooring Association.

There are many hardwood flooring options. Carlisle Wide Plank Floors identifies the following three wood species and stains that they say will likely remain on the top of home buyers’ must-have list. 

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Walnut, prefinished with an amber matte: “Walnut is one of the most attractive yet resilient woods available. Walnut has rich, chocolate hues, surprising auburn undertones, and complex grain patterns — making for a spectacular floor with or without a stain.”

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Birch, prefinished with an amber matte: “Birch is a unique floor prized for its intriguing combination of color tones and varying grain patterns. The unique design is created by the combination of creamy white sap wood and heart stock of golden brown – and the natural highlights provide an interesting visual appeal.”

Photo credit: Carlisle Wide Plank Floors

Cherry, refinished with an amber matte: “As cherry ages, its hues will darken a bit more than other hardwoods and will ultimately mature to a rich, burnished auburn color. The subtle flowing grain patterns and inviting warmth make cherry one of the most popular floor choices.”

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  1. Ralph Lizza

    I have done some real research on the subject of real wood verses laminate. I live in Florida where humidly presents a problem for wood floors. Some of the better laminates are highly recommended here.

    I was real wood can scratch and develop furniture and high heel marks where laminate holds up much better. Todays laminates are amazingly beautiful also.

    I choose laminate for my bedrooms! I am “very satisfied” say the least!

    Ralph Lizza
    Lang Realty

  2. It does seem as though tiles are being replaced with wood or wood-type floors in Florida. An increasing number of people I speak with are moving in that direction. I can say that the selected floor colors do sell houses and I agree wholeheartedly with the posting. Quite recently we secured some laminate samples which were extremely high quality and looked exactly like wood. I have heard about laminates scratching easily. I will try it on one of our lower value remodels to see the actual results.

  3. I’m a big fan of the birth, but it depends on other accents in a home.

  4. Homes with hardwood floors really sold faster. Some independent estimates have shown that well-maintained hardwood flooring throughout the living areas can increase home value by around 15%.

  5. A good majority of my clients want a home with hardwood/high-end laminate floors. However, I have some that do NOT like hardwood floors and would rather have tile. One pet-peeve that I have is when hardwoods are in the kitchens. I think the material itself is fine, but it’s the combination of cabinets, flooring, countertops and wall color that gets to me. With all of the finishes and varieties available, you can end up putting an amazing space together or make the room feel like a congested humidor.

  6. Thanks for your good posting. The description of 3 Popular Types of Hardwood Floors is very good for understanding.

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  7. Austin Home Buyers have always been big fans of wood floors. Although all the finishes you featured are beautiful, I really like the Cherry.

  8. Thanks for sharing. The price of hardwood is constantly fluctuating. Because most red and white oak hardwood flooring is locally sourced, it is usually a great deal.

  9. Love walnut floors. Unfortunately most floors in our area are red oak. They still look great stained though. Much better than fake laminate that can’t be refinished.