Types Of Wood For Your Hardwood Flooring

When most people want to install hardwood flooring in their home or business, they don’t realize that there are many different types of hardwood flooring to choose from. In fact, sometimes the selection can be a bit overwhelming. Good Ol’ Boy Hardwood Floors is here to help! We offer both residential and commercial hardwood flooring installation, refinishing, and repair in Kansas City, and our mission is to give you beautiful flooring that will not only add value to your home or business, but that will also give you lasting beauty. In this blog post, we’ll unpack the different types of wood for your hardwood flooring. Contact us today for a free estimate!



In the hardwood flooring world, when you say “hardwoods,” you are usually referring to American hardwoods, such as oak, ash, cherry, and maple trees. Hardwood does not necessarily mean the wood is hard. In fact, hardwood refers to the type of tree it comes from. Hardwoods come from angiosperm trees, which are flowering trees. These types of trees usually go dormant in the winter and produce a fruit or a nut, such as acorns. Due to the fact that hardwoods are denser than softwoods, they are stronger and can hold nails better. This is why hardwood flooring is popular; it is better suited to hold up to the activities of your household.

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Softwoods are gymnosperm trees, which have no flowers or fruits and instead usually produce cones. Softwoods are commonly referred to as conifers, and they usually have needles instead of leaves. Softwood trees found in the United States include cedar, fir, hemlock, pine, redwoods, and spruces. The term softwood comes from the fact that conifers tend to be less dense than hardwoods and are therefore easier to cut. Softwood, being easy to cut, is better suited for lumber applications and decorative purposes. Softwood is often the type of wood that you’ll find in the components of a building such as windows and door frames. Furniture is also mostly made from softwood for carving purposes.

Tropical Hardwoods

Tropical hardwoods are trees that are not native to the United States and typically grow in the tropics. These include mahogany, rosewood, teak, and wenge. While some tropical hardwoods are made into flooring, they are not the ideal wood for such purposes. The color, grain, pattern, hardness, and luster are all different than American hardwoods.


Choosing a hardwood flooring that will match the average use of your home with the aesthetics you are looking for can be challenging, but you can find advice and support from Good Ol’ Boy Hardwood Flooring in Kansas City. When you partner with us for your hardwood floor installation or refinishing project, we’ll take a look at all your hardwood options and find the right match for your needs. With more than 30 years of experience, Good Ol’ Boy Hardwood Flooring is your choice for flooring services. Contact us today for a free estimate!