Introduction to Birch Floors
In the world of hardwood flooring, there are a number of options. If you are looking for a species with less grain and more of a color effect, birch flooring could be a great choice. Read on to find out more about this type of flooring and why it can be the perfect choice for your home or office décor.
Birch floors can are known for providing the hardness and durability we expect from most hardwood flooring. Pricing is similar to other hardwoods, but birch stands out for its color variations that can run from lights to darks and its natural highlights which add visual appeal.
When considering these highlights, this can be a winning characteristic that can push birch over the top as a preferred choice for hardwood flooring. The highlights are due to the lighter sapwood and darker, contrasting hardwood that birch contains. These provide the aesthetic appearance of light, creamy shades mixed with red and brown tones.
Different Kinds of Birch
There are various kinds of birch flooring available, but here are some of the most common types:
Paper Birch: This is the softest of all birch wood floors with a hardness of about 910 on the Janka Scale.
Yellow Birch: This flooring is a bit harder than the paper birch and can be compared to oaks and green ash in that capacity.
Sweet Birch: This is the hardest of all the birch woods used for flooring and is slightly harder than sugar maple and red and white oak.
Examples of Birch
To get an idea of the different birches available as far as texture and color go, you may want to check out the birch selections in our Arte Mundi collection. Our selection includes:
Nantucket Mist: The lightest of all Arte Mundi Birch flooring, Nantucket Mist is a tea like brown that provides a smooth surface with natural crevices and mineral streaks that can make for a great shabby chic aesthetic.
Morning Haze: Just slightly darker than the Nantucket Mist, Morning Haze provides a creamed coffee tone with heavy hand scraping, natural crevices, saw marks and mineral streaks to add to its charm.
Coffee Bean: The darkest of all the Art Mundi Birch floorings, Coffee Bean is a rich chocolate brown and comes with a smooth texture, natural crevices and mineral streaks which complement its lighter and darker highlights perfectly.
Note that while birch is not rare, it’s not as prevalent as maple or oak, so if you’re not finding it at your preferred source, be sure to ask around to be sure to get the flooring you are after.
Birch is a great choice for hardwood flooring. It is attractive, durable, reasonably priced and can make a great addition to just about any home or office. If you are redecorating or moving into a new location, research your options to find out how birch flooring can work to add appeal to your décor!