You’ve probably heard of oak and maple hardwood—after all, they are the most popular hardwood varieties. For a uniquely gorgeous floor, many Carmel homeowners choose birch. At Floor Coverings International of Carmel, we work with families in the greater Carmel, Fishers, Zionsville, McCordsville, Westfield area to find their dream floors. Read on to learn why so many folks choose birch hardwood for their Carmel homes.
Meet the Birches
Much like oak, there are two types of birch: yellow and red. Yellow birch comes from the sapwood (outer layers) of the tree. It is creamy white to yellow in color. Red birch comes from the center of the tree, or the heartwood. It is golden brown with red undertones. Both varieties share a similar grain pattern: fine swirls and sometimes a “flat appearance” with no grain lines at all.
Advantages of Birch
Birch has numerous advantages that make it a great option for Carmel homeowners. Besides its beautiful look and feel, here are some of its other benefits:
- Durable: with a Janka hardness rating of 1,260, birch has a durability similar to oak, maple, and ash. With minimal maintenance—regular vacuuming and the occasional refinish—you can expect your birch floors to last for generations.
- Sustainable: locally grown and harvested in the United States, birch is a sustainable hardwood option that has minimal impact on the environment. Plus, your money goes to support American wood growers.
- Versatile: your birch options are nearly endless. Choose from a variety of colors, styles, and sizing options. In the market for a plank hardwood? Birch comes in both plank and strip.
For more information about birch and to schedule a free, in-home consultation with your local flooring expert, reach out to Floor Coverings International of Carmel today. We proudly provide Hoosier families in the greater Carmel, Fishers, Zionsville, McCordsville, Westfield area with expert advice, products, and service. Find your dream floors today.
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