If you are seeking the perfect hardwood floor for your Kalamazoo home, look no further! The experts at Floor Coverings International Kalamazoo know all there is to know about hardwoods, and we are here to help. Choosing the right species of hardwood can feel like a daunting task, which is why we want to narrow down the options to a few classic and contemporary favorites. Below, we explain what these favorites are, and why.


Teak is one of the strongest woods available, which is why we love it for high-traffic homes with children and pets. It has a reddish-brown hue with a distinctive grain that compliments most rooms. Teak is also unique for its natural oils which maintain an organic shine in the wood. Many choose not to add any finish at all to their teak hardwoods, and instead, enjoy the effect of watching the wood age gracefully. It is important to source teak responsibly however, which is why it is essential to consult experts like those at Floor Coverings International Kalamazoo.

teak hardwood flooring


Maple is another very strong wood that doesn’t scratch easily. This species is very popular with those interested in Scandinavian design, which is characterized by simplicity and high contrast neutrals. Its blond tone and light grain brighten up a room while maintaining uniformity. Maple is also easy to stain, allowing a wide range of decorative creativity in your home.

maple hardwood flooring


Ash is moderately hard wood, which means it is still relatively scratch resistant, but more comfortable on bare feet. It has a light color with a distinctive grain that takes well to different stains, making it a versatile and eye-catching hardwood. This species is perfect for a hand-scraped rustic floor aesthetic.

ash hardwood flooring


If you are looking for a darker hardwood with a rich brown color, walnut is the choice for you. Walnut is a softer hardwood at a slightly above average cost, but with proper care and installation, it is an investment that will add value to your home for years to come. It is extremely resistant to light damage and makes a great addition to rooms with ample natural sunlight.  The longevity of this wood far outweighs the additional cost to invest. Walnut remains one of the most appealing hardwoods to homeowners because of the timeless elegance and grandeur it lends to a room.

walnut hardwood flooring

Want to find the right hardwood for your Kalamazoo home?

Contact the experts at Floor Coverings International Kalamazoo! We’ll bring you hundreds of samples of different species, grains, and cuts of the best hardwoods to find the perfect match for your home. Schedule your free in-home consultation today! We proudly serve the greater Kalamazoo, Portage, Comstock, and Richland areas.

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