Considerations in Selecting Hardwood Flooring to Carry in Stock

Considerations in Selecting Hardwood Flooring to Carry in Stock

Hardwood flooring is an enduring construction option that does not seem to go out of style. But what hardwood flooring options are available from wholesale hardwood flooring suppliers and, more importantly, what are retailers and distributors looking for? The simple answer is that retailers and distributors are looking for whatever their residential and commercial construction customers are buying. Here are some options available from local hardwood suppliers who supply wholesale wood flooring:


Hardwood flooring suppliers typically carry a variety of species because there are so many options available for builders and designers to choose from. Many different species are used to produce hardwood flooring, including oak, cherry, maple, mahogany, walnut, and ash. Hardwood does not necessarily imply anything about the density or hardness of the wood, but rather to the type of tree and the way it grows. Hardwood trees typically have leaves, and as most people have seen, leaves fall off in autumn. This means that hardwood trees grow more slowly each year than softwood trees because they grow very little during the winter. Hardwood trees can take up to 20 years to reach maturity and this slow growth usually makes for relatively dense wood. However, there is a wide variation in the densities (and thus, hardness) of hardwood. For example, hickory wood is typically the hardest and most durable form of hardwood flooring, while cherry and walnut are typically among the softest. Nevertheless, density and durability are not the only consideration in selecting which hardwood flooring options to stock.

Color and Grain Pattern

In addition to hardness and durability, hardwoods vary in color. For example, walnut typically has a deep chocolate brown color, cherry has a reddish brown color, and hickory ranges from pale brown to medium to dark brown. In addition to color, different species have different grain patterns, with maple and birch having a very light and straight grain pattern, while hickory can have a very pronounced and distinctive grain pattern. Again, a hardwood flooring supplier may want to carry hardwood flooring in a variety of colors and grain patterns to give builders and designers a range of options to select from.

There are many variations in hardwood flooring and hardwood flooring suppliers may want to stock a range of species, color, and grain patterns to provide designers and builders with options.

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