The Differences Between Red Oak & White Oak

Not all oak species are the same. 1. COLOR Red Oak is lighter and pink or reddish. White Oak is darker and more yellow. 2. GRAIN Red Oak has short, closer markings. White Oak has longer, wider markings. 3. GROWTH RINGS Red Oak rings are more spaced out. White Oak rings are tighter together. 4. PORES | small holes, in between rings Red Oak has lots of large pores. White Oak has a few small pores. Why It Matters It is very common for

Impressions Hardwood Flooring

Plantation Grown Seringa: The Advantages of This Unique Hardwood Flooring Species

October 28, 2015 It’s no secret that hardwood flooring is a popular choice among homeowners. Hardwood floors offer a classic look and incredible durability that can withstand nearly any lifestyle. There are many common hardwood flooring types to choose from, ranging from Pine and Oak to Maple and Cherry. However, if you’re interested in a new hardwood flooring option, it maybe worth considering a lesser-known species that can give your home a unique feel. One great option to check out is

Janka Scale Hardwood Flooring

Janka Hardness Scale

August 26, 2015 As you are shopping for hardwood floors for your home, something you will probably come across is the phrase “Janka Hardness Rating”. Each species of hardwood is assigned a Janka hardness number and this number can tell you some important information about the floors you are considering. So what is a Janka rating and how should it influence your decision about hardwood flooring? In 1906, an Austrian wood researcher, Gabriel Janka invented a test (adapted from the Brinell hardness

I want hardwood floors, but where do I start?

I want hardwood floors, but where do I start? Hardwood floors are a great way to add beauty and value to your home. Deciding to add or replace hardwood floors in your home is a big investment that could pay dividends of both years of enjoyment and in dollars returned if you choose to sell. However, there are LOTS of factors that go into this decision. Some factors are more superficial and only impact the overall appearance, others are


Brazilian Cherry (Jatoba): What you see is not always what you get!

Everyone loves the rich natural beauty of Brazilian Cherry (Jatoba) hardwood flooring; however, it is a product that requires some education in order to avoid problems later on. Northern Brazil is where most of the Brazilian Cherry hardwood flooring originally was harvested but now many harvesters have moved to Peru where the wood has different characteristics. Over the past year or so the coloration of Jatoba has changed. This has to do with the region in which the logs are harvested. For