One look at the natural and vibrant colors and patterns of birch hardwood and you will understand why this is an excellent choice for your home in Southport. Durable, affordable, and beautiful, birch has qualities you’ll want for your home. It is very similar to maple and oak but is characterized by its own variations that make it customizable and popular for families everywhere.
One of the best things about birch flooring is its varying color scheme. The light, creamy hues of the outer sapwood are naturally welcoming and bright, meanwhile the darker red and brown tones of the heartwood are a classic and modern look for homes. The unique benefit of birch is that the finished hardwood will contain a combination of these shades and create a very unique and whimsical pattern across your floor. Of course, if you’re looking for a more uniform look, it is possible to use only the bark of the sapwood or heartwood and have a finished floor in one hue. Depending on the specific tree, the patterns that result can range from soft twirls to loud grains, both resulting in unique and beautiful floors.
There are three main variations of birch that vary on the Janka hardness scale. Paper birch, the softest wood, ranks at 930 and will offer a more forgiving surface for you underfoot. The most common is yellow birch which ranks at 1260, a score very similar to the most popular wood for flooring, Oak. Lastly, sweet birch ranks at 1470, one of the hardest natural wood choices. Different rooms may benefit from different variations but they are all durable species. Keep in mind that durable does not mean impenetrable. Each type should be cared for through regular cleaning and protective sealants to prevent dents, scratches, and stains.
Birch is on the lower side of cost when it comes to natural hardwoods but still varies in price. Depending on where the trees are being sourced from, the price could increase drastically. To see what a room in your home would cost, come visit the Floor Coverings International Shallotte showroom. For the most part, birch is considered one of the more affordable hardwoods that leave you with a beautiful product that does not look inexpensive.
Whether you’re looking for a soft tan, vibrant red, or dark brown floor, birch can be customized to fit your Southport home while maintaining its natural tones and durability. If birch seems like a good choice for you, contact your suppliers at Floor Coverings International Shallotte to learn more about the options available.
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