Wood floors are timeless, elegant, & practical. If chosen wisely, they can enhance any room in your home—yes, even the bathroom. That’s why we’ve gathered the Eastern Shore’s most comprehensive collection of wood from the most reliable manufacturers into our Wood Gallery. And our staff knows wood! Trust them to guide you through the entire process from selection to installation & finishing.
You can also trust that all the wood we sell is LEED certified and sustainable. We wouldn’t have it any other way. We offer custom finishing and only recommend the most proficient and careful installers & finishers. If you want a custom look, we can help there too. With over 50 years of combined experience, our talented staff can show you how borders, banding & inlays can set your floor apart.
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Glossary of Wood Flooring Terms
Pick The Perfect Wood Flooring
Hardwood flooring offers the opportunity to bring the beauty & diversity of nature into our homes. Since narrowing down the options is often be the biggest challenge when selecting the perfect wood for your new floors, we’ve put together this glossary to get you started. Bountiful Flooring’s hardwood experts are happy to help you take it from there. They’re pros at merging the design statement you want to make with the important practical considerations that will keep your new floors looking beautiful for a very long time.
Count on them to unlock the mysteries of the Janka Hardness Test, crosscut vs. plain cut boards, finishing options, waterfront installation, and so much more. Janka scores are included in the glossary in parentheses. Just remember, the higher the number, the harder the wood.
Graining is bold and straight with occasional wavy figuring. Coloration ranges from tan to dark brown.(1320)
Coloration varies from creamy yellow to reddish-brown. The graining is straight, with some boards showing curvy or wavy features. (1260)
Exceptionally hard (3680), this wood is very durable, but also difficult to work with. Its color deepens over time to very dark brown. Walnut’s straight, irregular grain makes it a good choice if you want your floors to make a design impact.
Technically a highly renewable grass, bamboo makes excellent flooring that resists moisture, insects, & fire. It ranges in color from manila to dark brown and has a distinctive grain pattern.
This wood features lustrous, reddish-brown heartwood & light brown to pale pink sapwood. Cherry floors darken & grow mellower with age. (950)
Actually made from oak bark, cork has a very distinctive look. Available in many patterns, the color can vary from light to dark brown. Cork is so soft that it can be cut with a utility knife.
The heartwood is reddish brown, while Beech sapwood is pale white. The closed, straight grain has a fine, uniform texture. (1300)
These floors makes a statement. Dark russet or reddish brown tones are often marked with dramatic, dark streaks. The interlocked, rather coarse grain adds even more visual interest.
When they are first laid, Cumaru floors have a red to purple-brown look. After exposure to sunlight, they have a more uniform light brown appearance. The fine textured, interlocked grain has a waxy feel. (3540)
This is a closed grained, knotty wood with a high degree of color variation, which ranges from honey gold to brown. It is very sappy & difficult to work with. (1375)
Because of its light color & subdued, tight grain, Maple floors make a great backdrop for area rugs & furniture. Its hardness (1450) makes it useful in a variety of settings, but it can be difficult to stain.
Limited availability & unique purple to purple-brown coloration make Purpleheart floors special indeed. Consider using it sparingly or as an inlay with a lighter colored wood. Its extraordinary hardness makes it somewhat difficult to work with.
This wood varies greatly in weight and strength depending on where it was sourced. Its yellowish-tan, straight grained appearance is often confused with Southern Pine. It is very soft (660) and has a tendency to split.
Some people find that the color variation & wavy grain in Merbau boards create very interesting floors. Others find the whole effect distracting. If you have neutral furniture, the effect can be stunning. This is an extremely hard wood (1925) that also resists termites.
Because there are over 200 subspecies of Red Oak in North America, your floor may look very different from a neighbor’s. The way it is cut also effects the wood’s appearance. Wide availability makes it an affordable option and hardness (1290) makes it practical one.
A dark, reddish-brown color & striped figuring give mahogany floors a very striking appearance. Because it is also very hard (2200), mahogany can be used indoors or out.
This reclaimed wood is most often harvested from sunken logs & 19th-century factories and warehouses. Its mellow, golden glow makes it very popular in traditional homes. Because it is reclaimed, it can be difficult to find the boards you like in the quantity you need. It is also soft so no high heels please! (1225)
This wood has a straight, open grain that is very appealing. Because there is so much color variation, consider only high grade lumber that has been steamed by the manufacturer to bleed the color throughout. Because it is relatively soft (1010), it is most often used in borders & as inlay material.
Floors made from Wenge have an almost uniform dark brown to black appearance. This imported wood this is very hard (1630) & resilient, but difficult to work with.
This is a popular wood for flooring because of its muted, mellow straw to tan coloration. Floors made from wide boards or a mix of boards widths can be particularly striking. (1350)
designing with nature
Tips & Tricks
vendors & exclusive product lines
A Source For Every Application & Budget
- Du Chateau
- Ernest Hemingway by Du Château
- Cochran Mill
- Century Flooring
- Chesapeake Hardwoods
- Du Chateau
- Earnest Hemingway
- Hallmark Hardwoods
- Harris Woods
- Private Reserve
- UA Floors
hardwood care & maintenance
Protecting Your Investment
When Cleaning Isn’t Enough
Stuff happens! If your hardwood floor begins to look scruffy, it’s time to consider screening & recoating. Screening abrades your floor’s polyurethane finish. After fresh coats of urethane are applied, your floor again looks as good as the day it was installed!
If your floor is severely damaged, it may have to be sanded & refinished. This process takes the floor down to bare wood before refinishing.
We may be able to find replacement boards for you if only a small area is severely damaged. Check with us first & always “go pro” for any kind of work on your hardwood floors. This is not a DIY project & we’re happy to suggest competent refinishers.
Caring for Your Wood Flooring
Some things are simpler than others! Buy a good quality broom & use it regularly. Follow up by vacuuming, using the floor setting to disengage the beater bar. This removes dust & grit from between the boards. For “finish in place” hardwood floors, use an 8″x14″ terrycloth mop with a rotating head to clean corners, under furniture, & along baseboards.
Cleaning Products &Tips:
Refinished hardwood flooring manufacturers recommend specific cleaning products. Using another product may harm the floor’s finish & void your warrenty. Always test the cleaner first in an obscure spot to make sure you’re using the right one.
DON’T use wax on a wood floor with a urethane finish.
DON’T use ammonia cleaners or oil soaps on a wood floor. They’ll dull the finish and effect your ability to refinish. Detergents, bleach, polishes, abrasive soaps, & acidic solutions like vinegar can also harm the finish.
DON’T wet mop or use excessive water on hardwood.
DO clean up sticky spots as soon as possible with a damp cloth.
DO clean up spills immediately.
DO use a professionally formulated floor cleaner to remove scuffs & heel marks. Bountiful Flooring sells tested & trusted cleaners.
DO use floor protectors under furniture legs.
DO use floor mats both inside & outside exterior doors. They really help to keep dirt & moisture off the floors.
DO use an area rugs in front of all sinks.
DO place runners or areas rugs in high traffic areas.
DO protect your floors from direct sunlight.
DO keep your pet’s nails trimmed.
DO keep the relative humidity in your home between 35% & 55%.
DO ban spiked heels & shoes with taps.