Decatur kitchen with ash hardwood

Hardwood is one of the most popular flooring styles available in Decatur homes today. Not only is it incredibly durable, it’s easy to maintain and lends nicely to a wide variety of design styles.

At Floor Coverings International Brookhaven, we’re dedicated to helping homeowners in the greater Brookhaven, Decatur, Embry Hills, and surrounding areas find the best flooring solutions for their needs. Here, our experts discuss ash hardwood, a great domestic hardwood with numerous benefits to offer.

A Bit About Ash

Ash is a plant genus that refers to more than 50 tree species found growing throughout the world, including North America, Europe, and Asia. The majority of ash trees, including those that grow in the United States, are deciduous with tough, dense hardwood that’s a popular choice for tools, furniture, electric guitar bodies, and flooring.

In appearance, ash is very comparable to both red and white oak, with large, sweeping wood grain and naturally bright tones. Pale, almost white floorboards are made from the tree’s outer sapwood, and darker brown wood comes from the tree’s inner heartwood. Both materials provide homeowners with durable flooring and your choice between the two depends on the look you want to achieve.

view of ash hardwood grain

Design and Application

Ash flooring planks come in a variety of widths and lengths to achieve a range of designs. This includes plank widths of 5 to 8 inches, allowing you to achieve that wide plank look that is harder to achieve with other hardwoods. Ash is also a great option if you want hand scraped flooring to create that appealing rustic wood look.

With a Janka hardness rating of 1,320lbf, ash is a great hardwood choice for most areas of your home where you would find hardwood. This includes entryways, hallways, and stairs, which might cause excess wear on softer woods.

Considerations

  • Ash, and more specifically ash sapwood, can be more susceptible to damage from water and moisture than other hardwoods.
  • Depending on the grade and variety, ash is often more competitively priced than the more popular red and white oak.
  • Ash is a great choice for first-time hardwood floor owners thanks to its pleasing looks and affordability.

Learn More

If you want to learn more about the possibility of having ash hardwood flooring installed in your Decatur home, get in touch with Floor Coverings International Brookhaven today to schedule your free, in-home design consultation. Our flooring experts are ready to help make your dream flooring a reality!

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