Beech hardwood is a beautiful and unique option for hardwood in your Southport home. It isn’t the most commonly seen hardwood species, but it provides all the key qualities you look for in new flooring. If you are interested in installing hardwood that stands out from the rest, talk to your flooring team at Floor Coverings International Shallotte about beech.
While American beech is primarily found in eastern states, European beech has a much wider range and is distributed across many countries. Both variations have a similar pale color profile, but American beech tends to be rosier and European beech has more brown hues. Beech is characterized by the uniform look that comes from very little color variation and its straight grain. The natural aesthetic of beech is perfect for modern or minimalist homes that want a solid color and don’t want to stain their hardwood. However, we know beech isn’t for everyone so let’s take a closer look at its features.
- Trendy: Recent flooring trends are embracing the extreme colors on either end of the spectrum. We have been seeing super-light and super-dark hues popping up more and more frequently. Beech’s sandy tone and warm hues fit in line with this trend and would make a bright statement in your Southport home. Furthermore, light-colored hardwoods tend to hide any acquired scratches far better than dark colors.
- Non-Porous: Beech has a tight grain and non-porous structure, which makes it more resistant to liquid and moisture than many other types of hardwood. We still don’t recommend installing it in an area exposed to excess moisture such as a bathroom, but it is a great option in a kitchen where moderate exposure won’t harm it as quickly.
- Durable: American beech has a Janka score of 1300, and European beech has a score of 1450. Both variations are incredibly durable and will stand up to everyday foot traffic and activity in your house. The structure and surface of the wood will resist warping, scratching, and denting, but it is always a good idea to protect your investment with a protective sealant.
- Non-traditional: The unique profile may be in style now, but there is no guaranteeing how long the trend will stick around. If you are installing flooring with the hope of increasing the value of your home, it may be wise to choose a more timeless hardwood such as white oak.
- Cost: While there are different types available, good quality beech can run anywhere from $5 to $8 per square foot. Depending on how large of an area you are looking to install flooring, this could become quite expensive.
If you are interested in beech, we can help you install it! Floor Coverings International Shallotte proudly serves Shallotte, Ocean Isle Beach, Southport & St. James, and beyond. Give us a call today for a free design consultation to look at beech in your home.
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