Quick Pros and Cons of 3 Domestic Hardwood Species

Domestic hardwood species come in all kinds of patterns, shapes, colors and grains. American homeowners love hardwood flooring, but when it comes to domestic hardwood species, do they know the difference? Today we will be taking a look at several domestic hardwood species and giving you some pros and cons to work with.

Let us kick things off with some domestic hardwood basics:

  • Most hardwood flooring options are durable and strong.
  • They are charming and elegant.
  • They will increase the value of your home after installation.
  • They can be re-sanded if they begin to show signs of wear and tear.
  • In most cases, last the life of the home.


Ash Hardwood Species – Ash’s grain is straight in appearance and is a very durable wood species. It is Very Similar to Oak.

Pro: Very hard and durable, even though it is technically considered a softer hardwood.

Con: Ash isn’t really great for every room in the home as it tends to show water damage more so than others due to its light color. They are also a little on the expensive side.


Oak Hardwood Species – Oak is the most popular hardwood flooring choice in North America. Due to the fact that we do a majority of the harvesting here, it wouldn’t surprise you that this wood species is so popular. Oak is durable and not as porous as other species so it doesn’t soak up as much water.

Pro: Very resistant to dents and marring. This exceptional durability is why most people choose oak flooring. It is also less expensive than most North American Hardwood Species.

Con: Because of Oak’s grain pattern, and the randomness that comes with it, it can be hard to always get a fluid feeling with the flooring. Even if it camp from the same tree, the knots in the grain will stand out.


Maple Hardwood Species – Maple is beautiful to behold. The grain isn’t very pronounced and it is a glorious white to reddish white in color. The patterns are subtle and effortless.

Pro: Maple is dent resistant and light colored with hard surface finishes. It is very easy to maintain.

Cons:  Maple wood flooring is not resistant to humidity or heat. There are chances of splitting of flooring in the areas with more wind pressure. Maple floors turn slight yellowish in the long run.

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