Ash Makes A Beautiful Hardwood Floor!
Ash is a characteristic driven species of wood that has a stunning look as a hardwood flooring option. Today will be all about Ash. We will be discussing where it comes from, what it is traditionally used for, how it looks, and many more fun and interesting topics. Time for an Education in Ash!
The History of Ash
Ash hails from all over the globe, but is most prominent in North Africa, North American and scattered across Asia. Britain gave it the name Ash, although it is scientifically deemed Fraxinus, Latin for “Ash Tree.”
Ash is mostly a deciduous tree but specific types are found in subtropical climates. The Subtropical types of Ash are more similar to Lilac and the Olive family of trees. This is because of the light grey bark that almost looks like a silver finish. When the tree flowers it makes tiny little clusters of green buds that release seeds that travel airborne.
Ash can live to be an incredible 400 years old. Unfortunately a certain hardwood boring beetle has become a bit of a problem for the species in whole.
White as was traditionally used to create weapons, mainly spears in the past and today is still used in making furniture and home decor’.
Ash has a beautiful pattern and grain. They are very sturdy with a strong set grain. The color of the wood actually varies depending on the age and cute. It can go anywhere from pale natural tones to a dark brown. The paler grain is highly sought after because of its extremely flexible and stable hue, making it a unique yet inspiring design vehicle for most applications. Unique markings accompany this hardwood as well.
The Janka hardness test rates this wood at 1320, which falls in the medium hardness range. Oak is actually harder, so installation will not be a huge pain as very high rated hardwoods can be. It is a very strong wood species.