Domestic hardwoods tend to be lighter than exotic species. Ash stands as one of the lightest options. Similar in coloring to white oak and maple, ash hardwood is an excellent choice for brightening rooms in your Mentor home.
Ash Hardwood Characteristics
Ash hardwood coloring ranges from pale white to medium brown, which is the same as white oak. These wood types also have similar grain patterns, but ash has slightly thicker grains. Ash holds up well to staining, and its snaking lines and overall texture will show through.
Due to their similarities in coloring, lighter hardwood varieties are often compared using their Janka Hardness ratings. They rate as follows:
- Ash – 1320
- White Oak – 1360
- Maple – 1450
- Hickory – 1820
For more reference, another popular domestic option is red oak, which sits at 1290 on the Janka Hardness scale. Ash hardwood ranks high enough to hold up well against heavy foot traffic. It is a popular choice for kitchens, entryways, hallways, dining rooms, and living rooms.
Ash hardwood has a brightening effect for any room. It is a good choice for use in contrast with darker furniture and walls. However, it generally doesn’t pair well in already light-colored rooms.
Variation & Availability
Ash flooring comes in both solid and engineered forms. Engineered ash has the advantage of a more uniform grain pattern. It also resists water and warping better making engineered ash favorable for kitchens and other areas with added moisture.
Ash is a more expensive option for domestic hardwoods. There is also a problem with availability of ash due to an invasive beetle known as the Emerald Ash Borer consuming the ash species. If ash flooring happens to be out of stock while you are shopping for hardwood, then maple and white oak are good alternatives.
Call the experts at Floor Coverings International of Mentor for all your hardwood flooring needs. We can bring hundreds of hardwood samples directly to your home in our mobile flooring showroom. We proudly serve the greater Mentor, Painesville, Willoughby, and Cleveland area.
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