The most popular types of wood flooring

We get a lot of questions about what is the most popular type of flooring that people put in their houses, so I figured I’ll share what we see.

By far, the most common flooring is oak. I’d say 90% of new installation is this wood. The most popular type of oak flooring is red. I’d say 2 out of 3 customers choose it. Why? I don’t know. Maybe it’s just easier to get… I personally prefer white oak: it looks so much better, especially with age. It’s like wine: the older it gets the better. But that is just my preference and I have nothing against red oak.

Prefinished or unfinished oak? Unfinished in 70% of all cases. Prefinished was pretty popular up until last year, but for some reason not any more.I think the reason here is that sometimes it’s cheaper to install an unfinished wood and get it sanded than buy a prefinished wood. Plus, finished flooring looks much better in my opinion.

The most popular width of unfinished oak: 2 ¼ inches. Why? Why not? It looks great, the cheapest of them all, and from professional point of view is much easier to deal with.

The second spot I’d say belongs to fir and pine.  While I have nothing against these wood species, I think it’s not very practical to use them as flooring. Reason? They are soft, which means that they scratch easily and you will have to redo them more often.

The third place: maple. This is actually a pretty hard wood, but it is very expensive and looks terrible when finished,imo. It’s just plain white and yellows up a bit with the time. I definitely wouldn’t use this wood in my house even if I would get it for free. Again, nothing wrong with the wood, just personal preference.

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