TYPES OF FLOORING

If properly cared for, a premium solid hardwood floor can last for over a century. Manufactured from a single solid piece of wood, solid wood flooring can be professionally sanded and refinished several times during its life. Ideal above or on grade (main floor), but not below (basement.)

Species

There’s Always One That is Just Right

There are more than 50 species, in domestic and exotic woods, ranging in color options, hardness levels, and price ranges. Talk to our sales team to find out which species is best suited to your needs.

Ash

With a Janka hardness of 1320, Ash is the third hardest North American hardwood species. Being both stain and wear resistant, it makes an ideal choice for high traffic areas like dining rooms and kitchens. However, ash’s highlights go far beyond durability. It is also an extremely warm and vibrant flooring option. Its bright tones will support many different design languages, including traditional, modern country, and contemporary.

Ash hardwood is available in two different types: white ash and black. White ash flooring runs the spectrum from a pale yellow to light brown, with black ash available in colours from tan to medium.

Darmaga Hardwood Flooring Ltd. carries ash wood flooring in a variety of colours and finishes from top name brands.

Bamboo

Many homeowners and designers were choosing bamboo flooring for their homes for its durability and what was thought to be environmentally friendly nature. However, there is much research to be done on this product, click here to learn about bamboo.  This may explain why all of the big flooring names have removed it from their lines.

Birch

Add beauty and individuality to any home with the installation of birch hardwood flooring. This flooring option is durable and timeless, with a hardness that varies by type. The variation in birch wood colouring makes it a viable option for those interested in light or dark floors alike, while its natural highlights make it a true showstopper.

There are four main types of birch wood flooring:

  • Paper Birch
  • Yellow Birch
  • Sweet Birch
  • Red Birch – however, it bears mentioning that red birch is derived from yellow birch
  • Flamed Birch

Harder to get than commonly used woods like oak or hickory; however, at Darmaga, we take pride in our ability to source all types of flooring from our extensive network of manufacturers. If you’re interested in installing birch hardwood floors, or even birch laminate flooring, please contact us or visit our showroom, today.

Cherry

If you’re interested in adding cherry hardwood flooring to your home, the first thing to note is the fact that there are two distinct types available on the market today: American cherry flooring and Brazilian cherry flooring.

American Cherry

American cherry wood flooring is known for its warm colouring and unmistakable character. It tends to darken to a deep, reddish brown with age, and looks best when used in larger planks.

However, while beautiful and graced with magnificent natural graining, colour and highlights, American cherry lies on the softer end of the hardness scale. Coming in at 950 on the Janka Hardness Rating, this softer, more even-grained wood is known to show imperfections and scratches.

Brazilian Cherry

With a hardness rating of 2350, Brazilian hardwood flooring, also known as Jatoba wood flooring is notably durable. It gets its name, not from its geographical origin, but rather from its deep, rich burgundy colour.

While Brazilian cherry flooring has gained popularity among those wishing to add some luxury to their living spaces, it can be difficult to install, and therefore requires professional installation. It is also necessary to note that it is considered an endangered wood, which hails from the Amazon. If shopping around for Jatoba hardwood, ensure that it is FSC-certified.

Maple

There seems to be something naturally soothing about maple hardwood floors. They provide a look that is inherently welcoming and beautiful –an undeniable feeling of home. Absolutely nothing provides a warmer welcome than the classic look of maple.

At Darmaga, we carry an extensive inventory of maple hardwood flooring and maple engineered hardwood in a wide variety beautiful colours. This type of flooring is excellent in many common areas throughout the home and in bedrooms as well. It makes an especially profound statement when used in living and dining rooms, and adds a contemporary feel to master bedrooms.

Out of the many different types of hardwood flooring, maple is one of the hardest. That makes it long lasting, even under the most punishing conditions. In fact, maple is typically used in bowling alleys for that very reason.

Maple wood is widely available, which allows it to be sold at a more economical price than some other wood species. This makes it an excellent option for homeowners or contractors trying to stay within a tight budget.

Maple floors are relatively easy to care for as any wood floor, the point to remember is that the flat non textured, non character wood will show the slightest dent or damage.  This is not an ideal floor for those with children or pets.

Oak

For floors that add a classic beauty to most any space, the homeowner’s go-to choice simply must be oak. The addition of oak flooring will imbue your home with an inherent warmth and a sophistication. It is elegant and works with many different design languages, including contemporary, traditional and vintage. There is a brightness and character that comes with genuine oak hardwood flooring, which simply cannot be replicated in oak laminate flooring.

Beyond its strength and enduring beauty, there are numerous additional benefits to installing an oak floor. Here is a short list of what makes this type of flooring highly sought after:

  • Due to oak’s density the boards resist splitting and loosening
  • Oak is resistant to fungus and is not favoured by insects
  • Wood flooring is ideal for allergy sufferers
  • Oak flooring is environmentally friendly
  • Camouflages the occasional dings and dents of everyday wear

Homeowners, designers, and contractors in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area looking for oak flooring need look no further than Darmaga Hardwood Flooring. We offer a wide selection of oak hardwood flooring in numerous styles, grades and dimensions.

Walnut

Known for its rich, luxurious colour, walnut infuses a room with a distinct air of sophistication that is unmatched by any other wood species. This wood variety features a fine texture and open wood grain with an occasional burled pattern, which fortifies it with boundless character. Homeowners will find that when properly cared for, walnut flooring ages exceedingly well, developing a lustrous patina throughout the years.

In addition to being beautiful, the colour and texture of walnut wood flooring camouflages the occasional dings and dents of everyday wear extremely well. This makes it a suitable choice for a family home and areas receiving moderate traffic.

Invite the classical appeal of walnut flooring into your home with help from Darmaga Hardwood Flooring. We carry an extensive selection of products from renowned name brands such as Vintage, Superior and Mirage, to name a few.

Walnut is also available in an engineered format for placement of walnut in a number of different areas in the home, including basements, kitchens or powder rooms, where humidity can have an impact of the solid hardwood.

White Oak

While the ruddy tones of red oak are preferred by many homeowners and designers, the gold-toned beauty and unique properties of white oak hardwood floors have begun to turn some heads. The soft colour of white oak sets the perfect stage for lighter more calming spaces, while its appealing grain markings provide considerable interest.

Of course, the beauty of white oak hardwood flooring isn’t all that there is to it. With a hardness rating of 1360 and hard shock resistant, a white oak floor is actually more durable than red oak. Additionally, its high tannin content makes it extremely resistant to insects and fungi. This

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