When it comes to hardwood flooring, there are many options to choose from. Every wood species has a slightly different texture and aesthetic, not to mention different needs for upkeep. Ultimately when choosing your floor, it comes down to style preference and your lifestyle. We work with Wide Plank Hardwood to supply the best quality wood floors for our clients. Read on to learn more about the most popular wood species on the market.


By far, one of the most popular wood species, white oak creates a very contemporary and modern aesthetic. Because of its resiliency and strength, White Oak is known for taking stain well and has less of the reddish hues of other wood species. This wood species has a varied colour range from tan to grey, making it a flexible option for versatile homes.


Characteristically one of the heaviest and most durable wood species on the market, red oak is typically deep red in colour. The grains have a unique pattern to them and are more porous than White Oak, making the wood species very receptive to staining and finishing. Red Oak is a great hardwood flooring option for those who have high traffic home and are looking for a warm and rustic look.


By far, one of the most versatile wood species, Douglas Fir can look rustic or up-scale, depending on the stain and grade. Douglas Fir species is medium in weight and thickness and often has small knots and imperfections, which with the right machining and finishing treatments can be brought to life to add a unique look and feel to your home.


Maple is a popular hardwood flooring selection. The wood species is described in two categories – hard and soft. The specific difference between the two versions is less about appearances and more about density and hardness. Depending on the grain and cut of the wood, maple hardwood flooring often has varying degrees of grey, red or brown streaks and even circles. Maple’s unique texture will add warmth, character and depth to any home.


American Walnut has a broad colour palette ranging from deep dark brown to purplish black to tan. While it has a mostly consistent grain, there can be burls in the grain, which may lighten over time. American Walnut’s exotic colour contrasts and dramatic colour scheme add a modern and memorable touch to the home.


This strong and durable American wood species is one of the hardest and heaviest of its kind. Hickory has a fine grain and a coarse texture and is perfect for high traffic areas. From country to contemporary, this wood species can be finished for different looks.


Also known as “Brazilian Cherry,” Jatoba wood has a blood orange hue, which turns a rich red colour with age. This wood’s hardness and durability rivals that of Red Oak. As a premium wood, Jatoba’s rich, buttery texture can add a touch of opulence to any room.

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