Overland Park Oak HardwoodThere are a lot of decisions to make when installing new hardwood. You can pick between different board widths, textures, stains, sheens, patterns, and more! One of the biggest decisions that need to be made is what type of hardwood species to install. Different species vary drastically in price, color, and durability. But don’t worry, we make this decision easy for you! Read below to get a quick overview of 3 of the most popular hardwood species: oak, walnut, and cherry.

Oak Hardwood

Oak is by far the most popular hardwood species available today. Overland Park homeowners love oak because it is affordable, durable, and can be stained a variety of colors. Oak is available in two different varieties: red and white oak. Both are very durable, with white ranking at 1360 on the Janka hardness scale and red ranking at 1290. White oak is the darker of the two, with colors that vary from dark brown to golden beige. Overland Park Walnut HardwoodRed oak’s coloring varies from white to amber.

Walnut Hardwood

If you’re looking for a classic hardwood, walnut is a great choice! Its beautiful chocolate and auburn coloring brings elegance to any room. It has natural color variation, which can be further accentuated. A bit softer than oak, American walnut ranks at 1010 on the Janka hardness scale. While durable, it may need to be sanded and refinished more often to get rid of dents and scratches. If you want an exotic option, Brazilian walnut ranks at 3680 on the scale. It should also be noted that the color will change a little bit over time as it is exposed to UV rays.

Overland Park Oak Hardwood


Cherry Hardwood

American cherry hardwood is a reddish brown color that can vary quite a bit from plank to plank. Cherry is a great way to add a sleek, sophisticated look to your home. Softer than oak and walnut, American cherry ranks at 950 on the Janka hardness scale. On the other end of the scale, Brazilian cherry has a similar look and ranks at 2350 on the scale. Cherry is one of the more expensive options, so it might not be ideal for every room of the house.

Let the experts at Floor Coverings International KC South make the search for new hardwood easy. Schedule a free design consultation where we bring the samples right to you! We proudly serve the greater Overland Park, Olathe, Leawood areas.

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