Domestic Engineered Wood Flooring Species

Of the many types of engineered flooring products available, some of the most beautiful and traditionally elegant examples are the American domestic species. These are trees you probably see in your every day life, lining your street, sprouting up along highways and country roads, even in your backyard. Some well known American domestic species include Cherry, White Oak, Red Oak, and Maple, to name just a few. The interesting thing about American domestic species is that they tend to fall within the brown to yellow/white color spectrum, with some red tones here and there, but there isn’t a whole lot of deviation from this general spectrum. White Oak and Maple tend to be in the lighter category, Red Oak brings, naturally, some redness into that white equation, with Cherry bringing in a more orange-red tonal quality.

American domestics also tend to be fairly soft in comparison to other hardwood species from elsewhere in the world. Here are some technical specs for each of these species:

Maple
Maple

Maple

Modulus of Rupture:   10,700

Modulus of Elasticity: 1,450

Janka Hardness:  1450 lbs.

White Oak
White Oak

White Oak:

Modulus of Rupture:   15,200

Modulus of Elasticity: 1,780

Janka Hardness:  1360 lbs.

Cherry
Cherry

Cherry:

Modulus of Rupture:   12,330

Modulus of Elasticity: 1,490

Janka Hardness:  950 lbs.

Red Oak
Red Oak

Red Oak:

Modulus of Rupture:   14,300

Modulus of Elasticity: 1,820

Janka Hardness:  1,290 lbs.

These types of engineered hardwood flooring as well as engineered products with exotic specie wear layers are becoming increasingly popular due to their dimensional stability and very reasonable price tag. Well worth revisiting some traditional hardwood standards, or even giving an exotic a try.