Birch flooring - your experience

lhartnettMarch 21, 2010

So I'm down to a hickory (waiting for the sample) and Maine Tradition Antique Red Birch. The birch is gorgeous but every time I mention it, someone says, "It's not very hard." What can I expect? Will it scratch and ding the second I put it in? I'd hate to put flooring in and then worry about people actually walking on it. We have 2 college age kids, no pets. But we live in the country and have a hard pack driveway and bits of that make it in the house.

Any experiences you can share?

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Birch is about as hard as oak but has a smooth surface that shows dings much easier than oak or other variegated surfaced species. Hickory is half again harder and is generally less expensive. Any smooth grained species IE. maple, birch, beech has the "scratching", actually compression, problems you are worried about.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2010 at 9:10PM
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